As part of its ongoing efforts towards bringing sanity and safety to its transportation sector, Ogun State government has disclosed its readiness to take biometric data of all commercial motorcycle riders and motor drivers operating in the State.
The State Commissioner for Transportation, Engineer Gbenga Dairo who made this disclosure at a meeting held with leadership and representatives of Articulated Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association Of Nigeria (AMORAN) and Three Wheelers Owners and Rders Association of Nigeria (TWORAN) in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta emphasized the need for biometric data capturing of all riders and drivers in that it would help government in its plans towards repositioning of the transport sector.
Engineer Dairo said the exercise which would avail the State government means of having accurate data of riders and drivers 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, stressing that the exercise would help nip in the bud crimes associated with commercial travels in the State.
He however disclosed that government frowned 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 reinterated 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, Comrade 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.