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Bauchi Bans Commercial Motorcyclists

| March 17, 2013 More

Commercial Motorcyclists Protest

Segun Awofadeji 
in Bauchi


Disturbed by the rate of criminality in the state which in some instances had led to loss of lives, Bauchi State Government has placed a restriction order on the operation of motorcycles in the state.

The state government has also expressed its determination to provide adequate security to all interested teachers  in the state that refused to join the ongoing indefinite industrial action by the Academic Union of Secondary School Teachers (ASUSS) over the suspension of payment of allowances.

A statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Ishola Michael Adeyemi, declared that “henceforth, operators of motorcycles in the state  have been banned from carrying passengers between 6.pm and 6.am till further notice.”

The statement observed that, “most of the reported criminal activities that occurred in Bauchi metropolis and other parts of the state were committed by persons riding on motorcycles. This observation has prompted persistent calls from some concerned citizens of the state for the outright banning of the use of motorcycles especially in Bauchi metropolis.”

The statement which a copy was made available said to THISDAY yesterday that, “after a dispassionate appraisal of the calls vis-à-vis the need to allow persons engaged in commercial use of motorcycles to continue to earn their living without hindrances, government has resisted the option of outright banning of the use of motorcycles. Rather the government has chosen the option which enhances security as well as allows legitimate use of motorcycles.”

The statement stated further that, “consequently, government wishes to place restriction on the operation of motorcycles in Bauchi metropolis, operators of private and commercial motorcycles in Bauchi metropolis are hereby banned from carrying passengers from 6.am to 6.pm.”

Government however assured members of the general public that the measure is entirely a child of necessity and appealed to the people to view the measure for what it is and cooperate with security agencies who have been directed to take prompt action towards ensuring compliance with the order.

Meanwhile, the state government has explained its determination to provide adequate security to all interested teachers  in the state that refuse to join the ongoing indefinite industrial action by the Academic Union of Secondary School Teachers (ASUSS) over the suspension of payment of allowances.

The state Commissioner of Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, who stated this yesterday while addressing Principals of secondary schools in the state, said: “Government had already made it clear that no work, no pay rule would be enforced for the striking teachers.

He noted that for teachers that are not interested in the strike action, government had directed the state Commissioner of Police to protect them.

The advised the principals to liaise with their respective Divisional Police Officers and report back to the ministry in writing in case anybody threatens or intimidates them. 

Aminu urged the principals to ensure hitch free academic sessions to all teachers interested to work, saying that the teachers service commission is currently planning to conduct aptitude test in its effort to recruit new teachers to be posted to the  various state secondary schools.

The commissioner added that government had made adequate arrangements for the state students to sit for the West African School Certificate (WASC), National Examination Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB)  and all other external and internal examinations without hitch.

He advised principals to be committed and organise preps and extra lectures for their students in order to cover their syllables and to pass their examinations, and warned them not to allow absenteeism, late coming and violation of schools’ rules and regulations even as he  he urged them to report directly to the ministry of education any student found wanting.

Category: Bauchi State News

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