Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, says his administration spent the sum of N500 million to buy 1,000 models of tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP and autos to ease transportation challenges attributable to COVID-19 pandemic within the state.
The governor revealed this on the inauguration and distribution of the primary batch of 345 models of tricycles in Bauchi.
As a part of efforts aimed toward curbing the unfold of COVID-19 and stopping insecurity within the state, the Bauchi State authorities issued an govt order, banning the operation of business bikes, generally known as ‘Achaba’.
Governor Mohammed stated that the Keke NAPEP have been bought to be given out to beneficiaries on employed buy to ameliorate the sufferings of former bike riders in addition to present an income-generating enterprise for unemployed youths.
He added that the sum of N250 million was spent on the acquisition of the tricycles, whereas one other N250million was additionally deposited to buy autos for use for transportation.
“To supply income-generating enterprise for our folks and ameliorate the problem in transportation, we’re offering 1,000 models of Keke NAPEP and it will likely be a steady programme, like a revolving scheme to allow others profit from the scheme.
“For this mission, we deposited N250 million for the acquisition of keke NAPEP, and we’ve additionally deposited one other N250 million in a microfinance financial institution for the acquisition of Sharon and Opel Vectra autos to ease transportation in our state,” the governor knowledgeable.
He submitted that banning the operation of business bikes was a painful resolution taken by his administration, which he stated didn’t search to criminalise poverty within the state.
The governor stated that the choice was collectively taken by the state authorities and demanding stakeholders.
The ban, based on him, is non permanent, including that bikes will likely be allowed to function once more in some native authorities areas and villages within the state as soon as there may be an finish to COVID-19 within the state.
“To be clear, achaba was not banned to criminalize poverty; it was with nice ache that we banned achaba briefly because of well being and safety causes.
“The acquisition of those Keke NAPEPs isn’t for profit-making. It’s to ameliorate the struggling attributable to the ban of achaba.
“We hope that beneficiaries will cooperate with our imaginative and prescient so that it’ll additionally profit others. I hope that the supply of those Keke will create empowerment for our folks.
“I thank our conventional rulers, our non secular leaders and everybody who helped to make this a actuality,” Governor Mohammed stated.