Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

From TCNEWS

The Centre for Human Rights Advocacy and Wholesome Society (CEHRAWS) has expressed its appreciation for the recent decision by the Governor Alex Otti’s administration to postpone the commencement of the restriction on tricycles and motorcycles operations in Aba and Umuahia from July 1, 2024, to August 1, 2024.

In a release signed by Mr. Chuka Peter Okoye, CEHRAWS Executive Director and made available to our correspondent, the body stated that the decision has demonstrated the Abia State Governor administration’s willingness to listen to and address the concerns of the citizens, reflecting also a commendable level of responsiveness and empathy.

The body recalled that the proactive measure to restrict the operations of tricycles and motorcycles between the hours of 7 PM and 6 AM was initially aimed at curbing the rise in criminal activities involving these vehicles.

Pix: Mr. Chuka Okoye,

The release read, “While the intention behind this policy is well understood and appreciated, CEHRAWS had previously raised concerns about its potential impact on the livelihoods of many residents and the broader implications for the Ease of Doing Business in the state.

“CEHRAWS is particularly pleased to note that the administration has heeded the numerous pleas from Abians to delay the implementation of this policy. This adjustment period will allow for a more thoughtful and inclusive approach to the issue, ensuring that the economic activities and daily lives of the residents are not unduly disrupted.

“We commend the administration’s plan to commence the enumeration and registration of all commercial vehicles, tricycles, and motorcycles in the transport sector starting today. This step is crucial in creating a more organized and traceable transport system, which could significantly enhance security without placing undue hardship on the operators and the general public.

“CEHRAWS continues to advocate for innovative, technology-driven solutions to address the root causes of criminal activities. We encourage the government to consider implementing measures such as reflective jackets and a special renumbering system for all commercial tricycles and motorcycles. Additionally, the adoption of a dedicated software application for monitoring and regulation, as conceptualized by our IT department, could further support these efforts by improving traceability and accountability.

“In conclusion, CEHRAWS commends the government for its decision to postpone the restriction and for its commitment to the well-being of Abia State’s residents. We remain committed to collaborating with the administration to develop effective and sustainable solutions that enhances both security and economic prosperity in the state”.

By NWAMARA

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