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Ban on motorcycles creates business for bicycle sellers

28 June 2012, 13:28

 Yola, June 28, 2012 (NAN) The ban on the use of motorcycles for transportation in Yola and other parts of Adamawa has created mixed fortunes for bicycle and motorcycle sellers, a survey has shown.

The survey, conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola shows that while bicycle sales is booming, traders engaged in motorcycle sales are complaining.

Alhaji Ahmadu Njoni, the Chairman of Bicycle Sellers Association in Yola  Central Market, said that members of the association had been enjoying increased patronage since the ban.

Njoni said that before the ban, he hardly sold a bicycle per day but that the situation changed after the ban.

"Before the ban of motorcycle operations in the state capital and other major towns, I hardly sold one or two bicycles in a week, especially the adult bicycles, but now, we thank God that things have improved,” Njoni said.

He said that increased patronage in the business had compelled him to engage more bicycle repairers to couple bicycle parts.

Njonisaid the boom had also created jobs and income for the repairers, whose trade was almost going extinct.

But Mr Sunday Ogwuchukwu, a motorcycle spare parts dealer at Jimeta Shopping Complex, said that the ban had crippled his business.

"Before the ban, the motorcycle spare parts business was moving smoothly, but now we have found ourselves in difficulties.

"We partially open shops because of our rural customers," Ogwuchukwu said.

Ogwuchukwu,who also sells motorcycles, said many motorcycle dealers in the state capital had relocated their businesses to neighbouring states.

Malam Musa Kojoli, a motorcycle mechanic at Jambutu Garage, said the ban was gradually driving him and other mechanics out of business.

"The ban of the motorcycle operations has caused us a lot of damage, especially to the mechanics.

"We depended on the business to feed our family and pay our children’s school fees as well as rent.

"But now, we do not know where to start, even though some of our colleagues have left the state while some have joined other businesses to survive,"  Musa said.

NAN recalls that the Adamawa Government had banned motorcycle operations in five local government areas because of the poor security situation in the state, caused by the activities of the Boko Haram sect.

After the ban, the government introduced the use of tricycles as a means of public transportation in the affected areas.



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