The Ogun State government says the biometric data of all commercial motorcycle riders and motor drivers operating in the State will be taking, in order to further bring sanity and safety to the state’s transport sector.
The State Commissioner for Transportation, Engr. Gbenga Dairo made this known at separate meetings held with leadership and representatives of Articulated Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association Of Nigeria (AMORAN) and Three Wheelers Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (TWORAN) in Abeokuta.
Dairo emphasized the need for the biometric data capturing of all riders and drivers, noting that it will government in its plans towards repositioning of the transport sector.
The Commissioner said the exercise, which avails the state government means of having accurate data of riders and drivers, is aimed at capturing fingerprints of individual rider and driver for easy identification, monitoring of activities and possible tracking in case a need arises for it.
He added that the exercise will help nip in the bud crimes associated with commercial travels in the state.
He however disclosed that government frowns at reckless riding, violation of traffic rules and flagrant disregard for traffic lights, warning that such acts would no longer be treated with kid gloves as violators would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Dairo charged the Union leaders to cooperate with his ministry in efforts at developing a roadmap for a better organized and robust transport sector where safety and general interest of passengers are made supreme above individual selfish interests which have left negative attendant effects in the sector.
He reiterated government’s resolve to make transport affordable, accessible, safe and attractive through regulations and policies of international standard, saying that the era of exploitation, harassment, thuggery and other acts capable of making life difficult for passengers is over in the state.
In his remark, the State Chairman of AMORAN, Nurudeen Alowonle commended the state government for the creation of Transportation Ministry, promising that AMORAN and other sister associations would abide by the rules of engagement and also cooperate with the state government towards achieving its set goals in the transport sector.