To overcome the challenges of insecurity of lives and property in the state and end the serial attacks and killings by suspected Boko Haram sect members, the Borno State government has banned all motorcycles from plying the roads and streets of Maiduguri metropolis and Jere Council of the state with immediate effect. Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State announced the ban yesterday during a media conference at Government House, Maiduguri.
In place of the banned motorcycles, the state government will immediately distribute 5,000 tricycles to commercial motorcycle operators at subsidized rates. It has also placed an order for 100 new commuter buses, which would be launched next week, to ply the Maiduguri metropolis.
Meanwhile, the governor yesterday assured Batch ‘B’ National Youth Services Corp (NYSC) members of adequate security while serving in the state. He said security measures had already been put in place to protect them against Boko Haram attacks.
Also, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, has emphasized dialogue as the best option towards containing the spate of violence and insecurity in the country.
Anyim, who spoke in Abuja while receiving the delegation of the Forum of Former Members of the House of Representatives, noted that it is through dialogue that aggrieved parties could create understanding as well as ensure national unity.
“We can overcome the crisis through dialogue. Through dialogue, we can create understanding and solve problems and our country will be better for it,” said.
Chairman of the Forum, Musa Elayo Abdullahi, urged those engaged in violent agitations across the country to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue, with a view to ensuring peaceful resolution.
He also appealed to members of the Boko Haram religious sect to put an end to their threat to national security.
As part of the efforts to contain incessant crises in the north, Abdullahi called on the Federal Government to absorb the Islamic Schools in the country into the educational system with a view to ensuring that all school age children received both Islamic and Western education.
According to him, such broad knowledge would contribute to addressing challenges of Boko Haram crisis in the future.
Shettima said: “We are facing a lot of security challenges that must be overcome to end the serial attacks and killings and protect the lives and property of citizens. The state government is, however, equal to the task.”