DELTA TO ENFORCE BAN ON KEKE PLYING HIGHWAYS
Delta State Government has announced the full enforcement of the ban on tricycles popularly known as Keke, from running on Federal highways.
This was made known by the Delta State Taskforce Chairman on Environment, Honourable Sylvester Oromoni at a joint meeting with Keke Union Executive of both Warri and Uvwie held at the
Government House Annex Warri recently.
According to the Task Force Chairman, the prohibited routes include NPA Expressway Warri, Asaba-Onitsha express way, DSC Express Way, Udu, Effurun Roundabout to Oghara expressway, PTI junction to Abraka-Agbor axis, DSC roundabout to Ughelli, Patani, Ozoro Kwale-Asaba.
Honourable Oromoni, the Task Force Chairman, emphasized that the measure was to ensure safety on the highway, saying that hence forth, any Keke plying the Federal highways would be arrested.
The taskforce chairman asserted that the law banning Keke on Federal Highways has been in force since the tenure of Governor Ewetan Uduaghan and Okowa upon assumption of office up held same.
Explaining further, Hon. Oromoni pointed out that, Only buses, taxes and other four wheel vehicles are allowed to ply such routes.
The Task Force Chairman said, I want to sternly warn all tricycle operators in the State to abide by this order, or face the wrath of the Law. We are here to reinforce the law, and any one that violates it will pay a fine of N20,000.
In his response, the Chairman of Keke Drivers Union Association of Delta State, Evangelist Paul Onyema said We are ready to partner with the Environmental Task Force in order to stop Keke Operators from using the above mentioned highway in the State.
The Union Chairman disclosed that, "One of our major challenges is that many of the Keke riders are based in Ughelli, Agbarho and other nearby Villages. With this, they will have to drive through the prohibited routes."
He promised to discuss the problem with his member so that a solution would be reached.