Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

From TCNEWS

The Centre for Human Rights and Advocacy in West Africa, CEHRAWS says it is disappointed with the adoption of the same old strategies employed by previous administrations to tackle the surge in criminal activities involving tricycles and motorcycles in Aba and Umuahia.

In a release signed and made available to our correspondent by Mr. Chuka Peter Okoye, CEHRAWS Executive Director, the Centre stated that such an approach negates the vision of a new Abia that is capacity-oriented and technology-driven, a vision that this administration has already begun to establish.

According to the Centre, the restriction of tricycles and motorcycles between the hours of 7 PM and 6 AM, while intended to enhance security, does not align with modern, innovative solutions that could more effectively address the root causes of criminal activities.

” CEHRAWS acknowledges and commends the proactive measures taken by Dr. Alex Chioma Otti’s administration in addressing the surge in criminal activities involving tricycles and motorcycles in Aba and Umuahia. The administration’s commitment to the safety and security of the residents of Abia State is commendable and reflects a genuine concern for public welfare.

“It is important to note that this restriction places an additional burden on the suffering masses during a period of economic hardship, where many people are struggling to survive. The restriction could severely impact the livelihoods of numerous individuals who depend on these means of transport for their daily income. Furthermore, it represents a significant breach of the Ease of Doing Business policy currently being implemented in the state.

“While we appreciate the stringent warning issued to security operatives to prevent the use of this restriction as a tool for extortion and to avoid victimizing innocent individuals, we must highlight that such measures, without a comprehensive and technologically advanced strategy, could provide broader opportunities for overzealous security operatives to exploit vulnerable operators”, the release partly read.

CEHRAWS advised the government to think outside the box and develop a technology-driven concept to mitigate criminal activities in the state.

According to the Centre, one potential solution could involve the implementation of reflective jackets and a special renumbering system for all commercial tricycles and motorcycles.

“Additionally, the adoption of an application similar to the one conceptualized by our IT department could further enhance this effort. This approach would not only help in identifying legitimate operators but also improve the traceability and accountability of these vehicles.

“In conclusion, while we understand the intent behind the restriction, we urge the government to consider more innovative and sustainable measures that would improve security while supporting the economic well-being of Abia State’s residents”.

CEHRAWS  stated further that it remained committed to advocating for the rights and welfare of all citizens and looks forward to collaborating with the government to develop effective, modern solutions to enhance security and prosperity in Abia State.

By NWAMARA

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