In order to reduce crime to a barest minimum, the Kwara state government has launched a single uniform for easy recognition and issuance of identity cards to commercial motorcycle riders in the state.
The commercial motorcycle riders which had several groups up to 67 were reduced to 7, and they are expected to ensure compliance with the traffic laws in the state especially the wearing of crash helmet and adhere to the one passenger per motorcycle rule.
The 4,000 capacity crowd of banquet hall of government house was filled and occupied by motorcycle riders across the sixteen local government areas of the state, as they thronged the venue to witness the launching of new uniform and identity cards for their operations.
Government officials at the occasion lamented the crimes being committed by some unscrupulous motorcycle riders in the past which they noted necessitated the need for a single uniform for the operators in the state.
They called on the recognized unions of motorcycles riders to collaborate with government in its bid to rid the state capital of hoodlums who hide under the guise of commercial riders to perpetrate crimes.
The state governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed represented by the state Head of Service Dabarako Muhammad assured of the readiness of the government to collaborate with relevant groups for the maintenance of peace and harmony in the state for the overall economic development of the state.
Government he added will provide soft loans for the riders in the New Year to improve their wellbeing.
With the registration of seven recognized motorcycle riders in the state, it is expected that the incessant robbery and kidnapping through motorcycle riders in Kwara state will now be a thing of the past.