Awka- Anambra State Government has directed a relocation of tricycle operators (Keke riders) from Aroma junction to Ekwueme junction in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
An official of Anambra State Traffic Management Agency (ASTMA), Mr B Chetuya said that Government gave the directive following the constant congestion and rowdiness being experienced at that junction.
ASTMA officials, who said that the junction was the face of the secretariat, noted that activities of the operators had been causing strains in vehicular movements around the junction.
Mr Chetuya, while urging workers and riders not to bother about the discomfort or inconvenience which the relocation might cause, said it was for the overall good of all.
They will only experience lack passengers for a while, but will get used to it as time goes on, he added
Mr Onochie Oteka, a Civil Servant said that Keke riders were obstructing business ventures at Aroma junction.
He applauded the government’s initiative in ordering their relocation.
A physically challenged civil servant, Miss Jennifer Nwauzo commended Government for bringing sanity to Aroma junction.
Miss Nwauzo urged Government to make some adjustments to accommodate them at Aroma junction.
One of the operators, Mr Emeka Ibekwe, who noted that he had been in the business for about 15 years, said increase in the operators at the Aroma junction was cause for the rowdiness.
He said that the relocation was inevitable, because of the disorganised way they had conducted their business at the junction, but regretted that they no longer make as much money as they used to.
Some of the operators hailed the fact that they now have a more spacious place to operate, saying that Ekwueme junction was more appropriate.
I am very alright with the relocation. Nothing has changed for me. It is a welcomed development we just have to adjust and life goes on,” Mr. Uche Ikeh, another operator said.
Source: Anambra State Government