Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, the governor of Borno state, recently hosted operators of the ‘Keke NAPEP,’ during which he directed the procurement of 500 tricycles and 100 Toyota Corolla LE automobiles for subsidised allocations.
Governor Zulum told a meeting at Government House Maiduguri that the intervention would benefit about 2000 Keke NAPEP operators who do not currently have their own tricycles. In this case, four (4) operators would be assigned one tricycle for shared business, resulting in 2000 operators owning the 500 tricycles.
Another 200 people will own 100 Toyota cars together, he claimed.
“As a subsidy, all 2,200 beneficiaries will be expected to repay only 50% of the market value of the tricycles and vehicles that they would earn from their business, with the other 50% waived by the government,” Zulum revealed.
The governor has asked the state’s transportation ministry to work with various tricycle operator unions to come up with reasonable and acceptable allocation modalities.
Only deserving members who do not have their tricycle should be considered, according to Zulum.
While the government had previously prohibited the importation of tricycles into Maiduguri in order to reduce the number of crimes committed and alleviate traffic congestion on the city’s main highways, the governor explained that the current intervention is based on need.
He went on to say that all actions were taken in the best interests of trike riders, while also noting the numerous job possibilities it has created.