The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Imo State Council, has warned that the ban on commercial tricycles popularly known as “keke” will affect workers productivity in the state.
The state government on Tuesday banned the operations of commercial tricycles in Owerri following the expiration of the deadline given to them.
A statement by Mr Austin Chilakpo, the NLC state chairman, also called for the provision of more taxi cabs to ameliorate the suffering that the ban on tricycles have brought to workers and other commuters in the state.
He stated that workers in the state have sacrificed much for the development of the state hence deserve better services.
He said that civil servants and other commuters were often stranded at various bus stops in the state capital while struggling to board the available taxi cabs.
“The withdrawal of Keke from the streets of Owerri had brought untold hardship on the workers.
“The state government should provide more taxi cabs on the roads to cushion the effects emanating from the withdrawal of Keke on the roads.”
The Chairman also urged the state government to open Douglas Road, which had been closed for over six months in order to reduce traffic on Royce road and other streets.