In a protest staged by the tricycle riders, they accused the Chairman of Obio Akpor LGA of extorting money from them through double taxation.
Chukwudi Ogolo, the general secretary of the Rivers State Drivers Cooperative Union, while speaking during the protest accused the Hon. Eke of arrogating the functions of the union to a committee he formed.
He also said the union was awestruck when a N100 daily levy was imposed on them for tracking of activities of all drivers in the Local government area, even after Governor Wike had suspended all informal sector taxes on 29th of July 2020, in a bid to cushion the effects of Covid 19 pandemic on tricycle, bus and taxi drivers.
“Chief barrister Ezebunwo Wike has suspended all informal sector tax on the drivers to cushion the effects of the Covid 19, but surprisingly Mr Solomon Eke came up with a disguise introducing one Bosinde to extort the drivers, claiming that they are going to set up a tracking device, and that they will collect hundred naira each from keke drivers for five years amounting to 505 million naira, we are just asking why the chairman came at this time to dislodge the grace given to us by the Governor.”
The chairman is yet to respond to the accusation.
Meanwhile, Mr. Bosinde Araikpe, a security activist and consultant has suggested that trackers be introduced to tackle insecurity.
He also absolved the chairman of any wrong doing.
“I said since security is the major concern of the council, there are ways we can mitigate security challenges with keke. I am a consultant, I can see how to talk to them, we can bring in devices to bring trust to their operation, such as trackers and create a platform where they can always come to settle their issues.”
He added that;
“And I had meeting with the keke chairmen in the state, after that they all agreed on their own that in oder to be able to maintain this tracker that they will contribute hundred naira each, and the chairman of Obio Akpor specifically said that he is not interested in any one naira.”