As part of efforts to ensure security in the Enugu metropolis, the Enugu State Executive Council says it is ready to ban motorcycle operators in the city.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Chuks Ugwoke, made the announcement in Enugu on Wednesday at the end of the council's meeting. Ugwoke said the council had approved a draft which would be sent to the state’s House of Assembly for consideration and passage.He said the decision on the ban was taken as a result of the current security challenges posed by motorcycle operators in the state.
Ugwoke said the ban would affect both private and commercial motorcycle operators, adding that it would reduce accidents and health hazards in the state. "Government took the decision to reduce the level of robbery, to check security challenges and to reduce the number of accidents caused by motorcycle operators in the state.
"This decision was taken in full realisation that it will be in the interest of the people of the state. This bill when passed into law will be strictly adhered to by both commercial and private owners of motorcycles," he explained.The commissioner assured the people of government’s efforts to provide alternative transportation means to make life easier for them.
Ugwoke also announced that June 28 had been declared school-free day for public secondary schools students in the state to enable them to participate actively in the closing ceremony of the state's school sports festival. He, however, called on parents to support their children and wards during the competitions.