Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has banned tricycle operators (Keke driver) from operating in designated parts of Owerri, the State Capital.

The ban takes effect from Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

With the ban only taxis and buses will operate on the affected routes.

The Keke operators would no longer be seen along the major roads of Douglas, Wetheral, Bank Road and Orlu.

Okorocha stated this while sharing about 2,000 Passat Wagon Vehicles to Keke drivers to enable them comply with the directive.

Balloting was conducted at the Hero’s Square for the beneficiaries to emerge.

Okorocha further said the second batch of beneficiaries will get theirs in October while the third batch will have theirs own in December 2017.

Addressing the Keke Operators, Okorocha said, “Few years ago when the Keke people gave me a very resounding support, I promised you people that I will change you from three legged to four legged and for that reason, today marks the beginning of movement from tricycle to full car.

“Now the government has made provision for 2,000 taxis to enable all of you to have one taxi each. This is done to give you comfort and make your life prosperous. I would not have been happy if I finish this government without fulfilling my promise.

 “I give you these cars without subjecting you to pay for forms, or cost of transportation or any another fee, I release it free of charge, I am doing this for God’s sake that the poor people may smile.

On last Saturday’s demolition of Ekewku market, he said: “I relocated Ekeukwu to stop crime in the area and clean the city of dirt so that light can come in but the Sadducees and Pharisees cashed in and changed the narrative.

“Only yesterday, they said they want to pay condolence over a child that was shot, let me tell you, neither the Police nor any government official shot any gun and till today nobody has shown where the blood of that child was but this happened along Mbaise road not even on Douglas Road” he stressed.