The Oyo State Government has disclosed its readiness to introduce Rider’s Card, an identification card system, for all registered commercial motorcyclists operating within the State, to check crimes and the influx of bad elements into the State.
This was as the State Governor, Seyi Makinde, also ordered the immediate reduction of the levy to be paid by commercial cyclists from N200 to N100, per day.
The State Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Prof. Raphael Afonja, disclosed while addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday, adding that Governor Makinde ordered the levy reduction because he did not want to add to the burden of the people of the State.
He said: “From the information that was passed down to us by the Ministry of Finance and Board of Internal Revenue, we were told that it was agreed upon that the Consultant was to collect 200 Naira as a daily collection from these commercial bikers including tricycles and motorcycles.”
“Upon escalating this issue to the Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, we found out he was not in support of this increase in the revenue collection from N100 to N200. So, I want to apologise to the unions and other stakeholders who are affected by the increment,” Afonja stated.
He disclosed that the Governor’s goal was to ensure that people’s money remained in their pockets to take care of their families and had reduced the fee from N200 to N100, believing that the change would trickle down to the people who are in the markets, to help them and their families.
The Commissioner stated, “In addition to that, we have met with those in the quarries to include the union people. They are excited, understanding 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.”
On the Rider’s Card, Afonja argued that the introduction would enable the government to differentiate and identify registered commercial motorcyclists from criminal elements who use motorcycles to perpetrate evil in the State, particularly with the influx of commercial motorcyclists into the State, due to what happened in Lagos State.
He declared, “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 need these pieces of information.”
Afonja explained that the Rider’s Card would allow the Government to have a database of the riders across the State, which would show who they are, what they own and where they live, among other things, adding that their BVN would also be added to know who they are.
He stated, “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.”
Professor Afonja added that the revenue collectors would be at every park from Friday morning, urging commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists to cooperate with them.