The Almalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairs and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), has warned that the proposed ban of commercial motorcycles throughout the country will render 40 million Nigerians jobless.
This is even as they said the ban will create a worst monster after terrorism.
Recall that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had announced that the National Security Council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, had explained that government might be compelled to ban the use of motorcycles and mining activities as it has been discovered to be major means of movement by bandits and source of amassing ransom from kidnap victims.
Malami had added that those using motorcycles as means of transport were not up to 20 per cent of the country’s population, adding that if that percentage is made to sacrifice, “I think that sacrifice is not too much and is worthy of being considered.”
Addressing a press conference on Monday in Abuja, the national president of ACOMORAN, Samsudeen Apelogun, noted that their membership base stands at 12 million nationwide, with six million adequately registered.
He urged the Federal Government to jettison the idea of banning the use of motorcycles nationwide, as it would be counter-productive on the long-run.
Apelogun equally warned of the economic and security implications, saying besides impoverishing millions of Nigerians, it would further compound the anti-social vices government is trying to contain.
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