If you stay for about five minutes in any of the major roads in Owerri, be it Weatheral, Douglas, Orlu road, Okigwe road, Assumpta Avenue etc, you will no doubt make this interesting discovery.
I was recently in Weatheral when the rain started and halted movement for those us of that don’t have cars yet. Luckily, I was close to a friend’s office so I took shelter there.
Within minutes of staying there, one of his client who was standing outside in his balcony came in with that look on his face. We were thinking something happened before he announced the reason for the perplexed look on his face. It was the fact that there were too many tricycles popularly known as Keke Napep in Owerri town. It was camera free moment as different phones were brought out to snap the road from above which provided an interesting view of this fact.
The business has taken over most other businesses in the town since the ban of motorcycle riders by the former governor, Ikedi Ohakim. Most people even had to abandon their business to tap into the new source of income and new ones are always brought in on daily basis.
In as much as it helps alleviate transportation problems of the people while providing daily bread for various families, it still has some amount of public disturbance as most of the operators are vulgar and don’t respect the rights of other road users.
A car owner complained that his car is full of patches of yellow which comes from the tricycles whenever they scratch his car.
Another also observed that they the source of most traffic congestions that is encountered in various parts of Owerri on daily basis.
Despite all these, it will be very difficult to stop them from operating because they have become an integral part of the transportation sector not just in Owerri but in various other mega cities in the country.
We only plead that they change their mode of operation and change the way they go about their business.