The Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, has advised motorcycle riders and operators to adhere to traffic rules in order to reduce the rising cases of motorcycle-related accidents.
She gave the advice during an interaction with the executives and members of the Riders and Owners of the Motorcycle Association of Nigeria, who recently paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja.
According to a statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations of the ministry, Henshaw Ogubike, Ajani’s advice came in the wake of increasing reports of the recklessness of motorcycle riders, harassment of other road users, and non-compliance with traffic rules and safety measures, which has led to avoidable accidents and deaths.
Many state governments, including the FCT, have banned commercial motorcycle operators from the city centers.
The permanent secretary stressed that the Motorcycle Riders and Owners Association should constantly enlighten its members on the attitudes, measures, and ideas that will bring about a safer motorcycle transportation system.
“Sensitise your members on putting on their helmets, regulating the speed limits, and other safety measures for safe motorcycle riding,” she said.
Ajani encouraged the association to key into the global movement towards clean energy and electric vehicles.
She noted that though this cannot be achieved in a hurry, the positives of this emerging global trend for the environment, health, and the transportation sector cannot be overemphasized.
She urged the association to continue to work in synergy with other road transport operators and unions.
Speaking earlier, the Business Development Officer of ROMAN, Malik Richard, who spoke on behalf of the National Chairman, Sotoye Olusola, said the visit was to intimate the permanent secretary about the activities of the association and to appreciate her for the excellent work she was doing in the transportation sector.
He said the aim of the association was to protect the interests of commercial motorcycle transport operators, promote their welfare, build partnerships with government agencies and other stakeholders, and promote a positive image for commercial motorcycle transporters.
He said the association had created a database of all its members, a move he explained would help check criminality and regulate the activities of commercial motorcycle riders.