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Edo govt unveils insurance packages for Keke, okada riders

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By Nosa Akenzua, Benin

The Edo state government has embarked on benefit packages for tricycle and motorcycle riders across the state, including life and health insurance covers and other incentives to improve their compliance with the government’s new rider’s permit initiative.

Director of transport, ministry of infrastructure, Mr George Aghaghowa, who spoke to our correspondent in Benin said that the state government was rolling out the rider’s permit initiative to curb criminality, build a database for identification and profiling of the over 53,000 motorcycle and tricycle riders across the state.

Disclosing that the insurance covers private and commercial riders, he warned that the use of motorcycles within the Benin City metropolis remained prohibited while tricycles were restricted to specified areas as directed by the state government.

According to Aghahowa, ” The state government has started the registration exercise for motorcycle and tricycle operators across the state so as to sensitize their operations and provide them with packages to make their activities more efficient and trustworthy. With N10, 000 for the rider’s permit payable through our vendors, the riders’ permit which covers private and commercial riders, including those in the logistics sector, provides insurance packages and other benefits to enable them operate safely across the state.

“The insurance packages include life insurance, health insurance and a cover in the event of permanent disability, aside from the insurance cover, the riders would also get unique codes for identification which will be issued after they have been profiled for documentation in our database”

He said that the scheme was a tax-for-benefit initiative with special incentives for riders in the state, adding that it would help to provide security and order in the sector.

“We are interested in building a robust database for riders in the state and it’s expected that the initiative would curb the spate of insecurity perpetrated by those posing to be motorcycle and tricycle riders,” he added.

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