Gokada, O Ride, and Max commercial motorcyclists stormed the House of Assembly in large numbers and accused the state government of being insensitive to their plight.
They demanded that rather than ban them, the government should regulate their operations, as many of them depend on it for their livelihood.
One of the representatives of the protesters, Steve Orajiakwu of O Ride, said they were not consulted before the ban was announced by the state government.
“We are not happy with the way the ban was done. We are running a democratic government and when decisions that concern the lives of people are to be made by government, the people should be consulted. Whatever government did is not good for us. We were never invited for debate. We know government is concerned about security and lives of people as well as influx of some people from certain region of the country.
“But we are professionals. Our bikes have tracking devices and camera. We went for blood and eye test. We went for intensive trainings. Government should call us and see possibility of regulating us,” he lamented.
Photo Credit: King Solomon Ekhaiyeme.