Niger State Governor Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has announced the ban on the use of the commercial motor cycles in the state capital, Minna, just as he purchased 1,000 tricycles for intra-city transportation to replace the motor cycle operation.
Aliyu made the announcement yesterday while launching the tricycles at the trade fair complex Minna. He said that the ban had become imperative in view of the prevailing security situation, especially in the north.
Aliyu said most of the security breaches in the north were mostly done using the motorcycles, popularly known as Achaba.
While saying that the ban of Achaba in Kano has attracted most of them to the state, he noted that those presently operating in the state had been given three weeks to clear out.
"Every day I get a report that more than 40 motorcycles were coming into the state capital through Sarkin Pawa from Kano because of the ban there;, now from FUT Minna to Gurusu, Chanchanga to Maikunkele the motor cycles have been ban. We are giving them three weeks to wind up," he said.
He disclosed that each of the tricycles were purchased at the cost of N624,750 and would be sold at subsidized rate of N400,000 each to the operators to ease the effect of the ban on the commercial motorcycles in the state capital.