The Federal Government will soon embark on biometric data capturing of all commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators in the country to check crimes perpetrated with the use of tricycles and motorcycles.
The capturing would be done in collaboration with the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association of Nigeria.
The National President of ACOMORAN, Alhaji Shehu Babangida, announced this in Abuja, on Thursday, while unveiling the technology to be used for the exercise.
According to him, the proposed data capturing of motorcycle and tricycle operators would stop the agitation for the nationwide ban on ‘okada’ operators.
He said an Abuja-based indigenous software development company, Clevland Investment Management Limited, had been chosen as the technical partner that would carry out the biometric data capturing of ACOMORAN members.
“The initiative is necessary to enable the association have a comprehensive biometric database of its members across the country while deploying technology with a view to managing the security challenges associated with commercial cyclists,” he stressed.
He said that the modalities for the nationwide biometric capturing would be unveiled soon, adding that ACOMORAN would “collaborate with the Federal Government to tackle the security challenges in the country”.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, faulted those canvassing for the banning of ‘okada’ nationwide, saying such a move would have a negative effect on the economy.
He suggested that rather than ban commercial motorcycles and tricycles, there should be a “reorientation of the riders and a proper control of their activities that will make them obey rules and regulations in their various states.”
The minister said commercial cyclists are useful to the masses in general, especially farmers and people in remote areas who relied solely on them as means of transportation in Nigeria.
“So banning them would have a negative effect on the people who depend on them for their livelihoods,” he said.