Operators of tricycles (Keke) and taxis in Enugu State have hailed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his administration’s people-oriented programmes and friendly policies that have made it possible for them to operate favourably in the state.
The transport operators said the governor has through his magnanimity and commitment to the well-being of the masses, taken measures that have ameliorated the sufferings they encounter in the running of their businesses in the state.
In his reaction, the state Chairman of the Association of Tricycle (KEKE) Riders Transport Union, Mr. Benjamin Ikah thanked Ugwuanyi for heeding their request for the introduction of rider’s permit.
Ikah said the governor came to their rescue when it mattered most, stressing that the Rider’s Permit, which they unanimously requested for, was “far much cheaper and favorable to us and has ameliorated our sufferings”.
He explained that prior to the introduction of the permit, which is at the cost of N6,000 for a three-year duration, the Keke and Okada operators in the state spent “N18,000 and N22,000 to obtain driver’s licence”, expressing delight that the governor in his magnanimity and kind-heartedness acceded to their appeal timely.
“After an extensive deliberation and negotiation with the state government, we the Keke and Okada riders unanimously agreed to be paying N6,000 for Rider’s Permit, which is renewable after three years, courtesy of the magnanimity of our kind-hearted governor,” he said.
Similarly, members of the Coal City Cab/Taxi Operators Union, during their solidarity visit to the Government House, Enugu, unanimously endorsed Ugwuanyi for a second term in office and praised his “fatherly counsel” and administration’s giant development strides in the state.
Presenting their address, the Chairman of the Union, Ajogwu Samuel Chinedu, who described the governor as “a man of integrity, high profile discipline and a God-fearing leader” with a large heart and accommodating spirit, equally commended his administration’s friendly policies and efforts in uniting the body.
He added that the governor has performed creditably in the area of infrastructural development, education, health, security, and prompt payment of workers’ salaries, including the 13th month salary “which has never happened in the history of Enugu State”.
The union also applauded the governor for the N10 million grant to over 450 autonomous communities in the state to execute pressing projects of their choice, stressing that it is the first of its kind in the history of the state.
“Your Excellency, what you have done within three years of your governance is innumerable and based on that, we the Coal City Cab/Taxi Operators Union unanimously decided to celebrate your life touching governance and to endorse you for a second term in office.
“We are very grateful to the Almighty God for the privilege to be with our own dear Governor who has been going about doing good to all manner of individuals and groups in Enugu State”, they said.