In a bid to fight insecurity in Katina State, and an order has been signed into law by the state government to halt the use of tricycles and motorcycles in the state within stipulated hours in a day.
Barely a day after Katsina State government announced that it will abscond the large population of Almajiri children off the streets by halting the system and thereby blend it into Koranic and western education
The state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who made this known in a media chat with reporters at the Government House, maintained that the state government was liaising with the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) and the Federal Ministry of Education on how to take the children out of the street, by also incorporating the school feeding programme under the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme.
Governor Masari on Wednesday has given another directive to at some hours in the day stop the use of motorcycles and tricycles within the state.
The directive which was signed by the governor on Wednesday restricts motorcycles and tricycles from operating between the hour of 7 pm and 6 am across the state with effect from Jan. 20.
The order read thus;
“The state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Alhaji Ahmed El-Marzuq announced this on Wednesday in Katsina. Section 5, subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, conferred on the governor power to sign the order.“
“The order is Motorcycle and Tricycle Restriction Movement 2020.”
“Under the order, he has prohibited the movement of motorcycles statewide from the hours of 7 pm to 6 am, with effect from 20th January 2020.”
“This order shall apply to all and sundry in the state. “However, there are exceptions. The order shall not apply to the members of the armed forces, the police, other paramilitary agencies like the FRSC, civil defence, immigration, customs and other security agents,” he said.
He further warns that citizens should obey the order, warning that violators would be jailed for up to one year with an option of fine or both as prescribed by the penal code.
“The measure was aimed at protecting the lives and property of people of the state. Most of the kidnappings and other criminal activities are perpetrated within these hours using this means of transportation,” he said.
“People are not restricted to move, they can use motor vehicles. By the time the situation normalises, the order will be reviewed”.