Tricycle operators, popularly known as Keke drivers, yesterday staged a protest in different parts of the city of Owerri against the ban placed on them by the state-owned Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO). The commission ordered them not to operate within the capital city from December 1.
They also expressed their grievances that the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, could not address them on Monday as announced.
Also, visually -impaired persons had on Monday staged their own protest. They obstructed vehicular and human traffic in the capital city, especially in front of the venue of the swearing in of the new 28 commissioners, Imo International Convention Centre (IICC), Owerri.
They accused the state government of not taking care of their welfare, insisting on an immediate release of subventions belonging to them, among other packages. They also demanded that a school for the blind be built.
Protesting keke operators allegedly destroyed vehicles belonging to the officials of the ENTRACO and blocked roads leading to the Government House.
The governor had directed the ban from October but later extended it to December 1.
The AlaOwerri TV Team interviewed some of the aggrieved operators and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor