Circulation Of Bikes Restricted In Bamenda

Motorbikes are an important means of transport in the NW (photo courtesy-Rachel Chaikof)

For four days, business persons have had it difficult to access their business places after a police officer was shot dead at Small Mankon by gun men. 

His death in the hands of gunmen adds to an increasing number of business persons, teachers and ordinary civilians killed by gunmen will easily escape on their bikes.

The Bamenda City council under the leadership of Vincent Ndumu Nji and now Paul Achobong has tried in vain to put order in the commercial motorcycle sector.
With the economy of the North West almost brought to a standstill with ravaging gunshots all week long, the City Mayor, Paul Achobong and the SDO of Mezam, Simon Mooh Emile have restricted the circulation of Bikes in the city centre of Bamenda

Stakeholders in a meeting with Mezam SDO

Paul Achobong says the sector brings chaos to the local man.
“Motorbikes lead this town into chaos. People are kidnapped on motorbikes, others killed by bike riders. We cannot allow a sector of less than 10,000 to wreck havoc on more than 500,000 people staying in Bamenda”
Unlike other bans, this ban includes both Commercial and private bikes
Quizzed if this will not lead to massive unemployment, the City Mayor noted that before the coming of bikes, they were workshops in the city area and can employ the thousands

The restriction that takes effect on Monday September 7th 2020, will see bikes not plying the roads after mile four function to the Central business district, cannot ply above the mile one Market to Administrative units of the Bamenda I council area, cannot ply beyond the council junction to Ntarikon and are stopped at the Ntaturu and Nitob parks

Paul Achobong further says the bike owners should work and park their bikes at their respective parks and take taxis back home
Mezam SDO, Simon Mooh Emile noted that the council has greatly facilitated bike riders to procure basic documents but the process was not undertaken by all.

Another free registration of bikes to obtain basic identification documents will be launched in the month of November
The bike riding sector that counts at least 10,000 riders is the biggest employer in the Region plagued with bad roads

“Security is above every form of comfort our people are seeking” Paul Achobong said.

The meeting was attended by leaders of traders association, the taxi drivers’ union, bike riders syndicate and officials of the Bamenda City council
The restriction, the city Mayor says will remain in effect till normalcy returns to Regional capital of the North West region.

By Ndi Tsembom Elvis

Source: Observer237

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