From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
As the law banning the operations of commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as ‘Achaba’, finally became operative yesterday in Kaduna, there have been mixed reactions from commuters and motorists in the metropolis.
While a larger percentage of the commuters in Kaduna metropolis expressed happiness over the absence of Achaba on the streets of the town, others groaned over their absences.
When this reporter visited major points of Achaba riders such as UTC, Post Office area, Unguwar Sarki and NEPA roundabout, some residents expressed mixed feelings, saying the ban would have been a more welcome idea if necessary alternatives have been put in place before it became effective.
According to a motorist, Musa Usman, of Unguwar Sarki, “I am the happiest person today, because I could drive freely without the hassles of ‘achaba’ people, who are very reckless. In fact, the Governor has really impressed me with the ban; these guys are major security threats” he stressed.
An elderly woman Mrs. Rebecca Haruna, disclosed to this reporter that each time she is left with the option of climbing an ‘achaba’, she have to be in prayer mood before getting to her destination.
According to her “most of them take drugs and when you complain they want to fight you. The Governor has done well; but I want him to do more, by providing adequate alternatives to alleviate the sufferings of the people, who at the moment are left with the option of waiting for a long time to get Keke Napep,” Mrs. Haruna said.
Meanwhile, security operatives were sighted at every nook and cranny of the metropolis, to ensure strict compliance. However, as at the time of filing this report, cases of non-compliance was not recorded and Kaduna metropolis look quite and deserted as the horn blaring associated with the ‘achaba’ riders has disappeared and very few motorcyclist are seen on the road, but without passengers.