FCT Minister Malam Bello Restated The Ban on Okada and Keke NAPEP
FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has reiterated his administration’s earlier ban on Okada, and restriction on Keke NAPEP operations in the FCT.
According to the minister’s executive order, operations of motorcycles, popularly known as okada have been completely banned within the Federal Capital City (FCC), including the Kubwa and Airport expressways, while the tricycles, known as Keke NAPEP, have been restricted to estates.
Represented at a meeting with the operators by the Director, Directorate of Road Traffic Services, Aliyu Wadata Bondiga, Bello listed places the Okada are allowed to operate across the six area councils to include:
Karshi, Orozo, Nyanya, Karu, Jikwoyi and Kurudu in AMAC; Goube and Kujekpa in Kuje Area Council; Kubwa and Dutse Alhaji in Bwari area Council; as well as Kutunko and Kuturu in Gwagwalada Area Council.
On the Keke, the minister reiterated restriction on its activities to Gaduwa estate and village, Galadimawa estates and village, Apo resettlement and Kabusa village and 1st, 2nd and 5th Avenues up to Setraco gate in Gwarinpa estate.
Other areas Keke operations are restricted are Fish market/EFAB, Idu, Karmo, Gwagwa, Dei dei, and Zuba; War College, CITEC Villa and inner side of Charley Boy area in Gwarinpa estate.
On Nyanya and Jikwoyi axis, Keke is permitted to operate in FHA Nyanya, Karu village, Jikwoyi market and Kurudu; as well as 3rd Avenue, Works and Housing estates in Gwarinpa.
As reported by Daily Trust, the minister said the FCTA has had several meetings with the stakeholders which resulted in the latest action, adding that it was not safe for the operators to ply their trade on the expressways.
He therefore tasked the police to enforce the law and arrest any Okada or keke operator that violates this order.