Abuja residents were melted with an unpleasant surprise today as the federal government decided to ban the most popular means of transportation in the city, the tricycle popularly known as the “keke napep” Daily Post reports.
The federal government has not given any particular reason for this action, however, the residents have been feeling the pain from this ban as there has not been a viable alternative made available. The obvious alternatives are the buses and taxis which are not as flexible and frequent as the “keke napep”.
Following the development, many had difficulty assessing their offices on Tuesday morning while some trekked long distances to get to their workplaces.
Some of the tricycle riders who spoke to News Reporters lamented that the government has robbed many unemployed youths their means of livelihood and survival.
Jubril Ibrahim, who operates along the AirPort/Arab Junction Road, said, “I don’t know what to do right now. Should I start crying in public or just go home and lock myself? This is my only means of survival. I have 2 wives and 6 children depending solely on me for daily bread. What do I tell them? I use to ride ‘Okada’ here in Abuja before the government completely barred it. Now they’ve ended up killing me and my family.”
Also speaking, Idris Abdullahi, said, “I woke this morning, washed my Keke and entered the road to do my work only to see policemen and other security agencies chasing and impounding our tricycles. When I asked why I was told that the law has been established and was meant to commence today. Seriously, I don’t know what to do. I don’t even know whom to run to. My living depends on this work. I’m calling on the government to rethink this decision, You people should help us tell the government that we don’t have anything to do again.
Meanwhile, most of the residents who were devastated by the development on Tuesday took to their social media handles to share their views and opinions on the matter.
we have reactions from some of the Abuja residents below: