ISAAC OJO writes that fairly used and new motorcycle dealers in Nnewi, Anambra state are currently experiencing low patronage due to ban on commercial motorcyclists in Onitsha, Awka and some other parts of the state.
The chairman of Fairly Used and New Motorcycle Dealers Association (FUNMDA), Mr Chukwueloka Ubajekwe made this position known during an interaction with Authority South East Post in his office last weekend.
He pointed out that the motorcycle dealers are just struggling to survive because the demand on big motorcycles like CG, Grand King and even the smaller ones has dropped drastically because of the ban on motorbikes in certain places in the state.
Ubajekwe said the dealers are left with no other option than to keep looking up to God for divine intervention as all the pleas made to the powers that be in Anambra state has not attracted the expected dividends of getting the ban lifted.
The FUNMDA chairman said that it is paradoxical that items like motorcycles and helmets are freely distributed to people during electioneering campaigns by politicians only to turn around later and ban commercial motorcyclists from operation.
“I want to say with all sense of responsibility that banning commercial motorcyclists in some parts of the state is not the solution to insecurity issues after all since Okada was banned in Onitsha, there are still reported cases of hoodlums operating with shuttle buses, keke and even on legs.” He explained.
“Now that criminals are operating with shuttle buses, keke and even SUVs, will the state government go ahead and ban the use of those vehicles in the state.” Ubajekwe quipped.
The FUNMDA boss said there is urgent need for the Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano to consult widely with security experts on how best to checkmate criminals in the state without denying law abiding people like Okada riders their means of livelihood.
He also punched the Okada union for not doing enough to flush out the bad eggs among them noting that the union has a bigger responsibility than just collecting fees, levies and dues from members.
Ubajekwe who urged his members to hold on, noting that things would soon be okay but advised them to cut their expenses and every other thing cuttable while the recession persist in the section of the market.