by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – The United People of Keke NAPEP Riders Association within Jos metropolis says the taxes that the State Government wants to introduce or collect directly from riders of Keke is a very good idea and commendable.
Welfare Officer of the Association, Anas Maihali, said, “This simply shows the government that we are well organized association, that we can pay the tax.”
He was speaking on Monday at the Ujah Anaguta Palace, Jos, when the Association paid the Paramount Ruler a visit in his office to make him the Association’s Patron in Jos.
Anas Maihali appealed to the government to involve the riders and recognize all the bodies of Keke NAPEP to be part-and-parcel of government, so that they will be able to stay together, in order to promote peace with the people of the state.
According to him, “It is not necessarily I, in particular, to be appointed but government should recognize us, because most times, if something happens, they say, ‘today, we have banned Keke NAPEP, or something of that nature; and that is the only problem we have with the government.”
He urged that, they should be engaged, so that they can be discussing together with the appropriate association that knows how the problem is.
Speaking on the situation of Keke NAPEP Riders being used for criminal activities, Maihali noted thus: “Honestly, we are arranging some classes or training, in order to educate them on how to ride in their own safety, respect the law and be law abiding, because the business is their own.
He was emphatic that, nobody knows the (Keke NAPEP) business more than them, and sincerely apologized for some things that happened within the Jos Metropolitan Council, especially Jos North and Jos South axis involving the use of Keke NAPEP.
Anas Maihali assured that they support peace, and where there is no peace, business cannot move. “So, we support the government in its peace initiative.”
Speaking also, the NURT Keke Riders of Jos North Chairman, Umar Aliyu (Mainiya), said they were at the palace to sympathize with the traditional ruler over the incident that happened within his domain, and to also make him their Patron of the Association.
He assured him of their support and cooperation in tackling the issue of peace within the area, and appreciated the Paramount Ruler for his efforts in making peace, and assured him of their loyalty and support.
While accepting the role of Patron, the Pozo Johnson Jauro Magaji assured them of his corporation and urged them to always maintain peace. He also promised to look into their request, which was presented to him, and appreciated them for their visit.