Oyo State Government has disclosed that it would soon commence registration and issuance of Riders’ Cards to commercial motorcyclists in the state as a measure to curb crimes associated with motorcyclists.
The Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Prof. Rafael Afonja, who disclosed this at a news conference in Ibadan, the state capital, said the move was also to check the influx of bad elements into the state.
Afonja noted that this would enable the government to differentiate registered commercial motorcyclists from criminal elements, who are using motorcycles to commit crime, adding that there would be a database where their (commercial motorcyclists) information would be stored.
“So, in collaboration with the revenue collector for the state and FRSC and the unions, we will start this to gather information on those who are engaging in commercial or private cycling businesses in the state. This is possible through profiling. The security agencies are in need of these pieces of information,” he said.
The commissioner added; “So, this registration of motorcyclists through the Riders’ Cards will be a database for us to know who is who; who owns what; who they are, where they live and the rest. We will also add their BVN to know who they really are.
“Recently, you may have heard about snatching of bikes and robberies using motorcycles. That is why we are trying to make sure that all motorcycles in Oyo State are properly registered. We will ensure they do what is needful to make sure they obey the law.”
Afonja also disclosed that Governor Seyi Makinde has ordered the reduction of the daily levy charge on commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists in the state from N200 to N100 to ameliorate the suffering of the riders.
He added that the collection of the levy would begin on Friday (tomorrow), urging the commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists to cooperate with the revenue collectors.
“The governor has instructed me to pass this information on that his goal is to ensure that people’s money remain in their pockets to take care of their families. So, he has gr9acefully reduced this fee from N200 to N100.
“He also believes that this change will trickle down to the people who are in the markets and will help people and their families.
“In addition to that, we have met with those in the quarries to include the union people.
“They are excited, understanding that the fact that the governor has listening ears. The governor met with them physically. He understands their cry and he has assured them of his support,” Afonja said.