The suspension is to enable the state’s government register all motorcyclists in the state.
The Kano State Government on Tuesday said it suspended the operations of all commercial motorcycles in the state for security reasons.
The State Government had in a press statement announced the suspension on the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes.
In the statement, the state’s Acting Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said the suspension is to enable the state government undertake a proper registration of all the commercial motorcyclists in the state.
“After a meeting with security agencies and a careful study of their reports, we noticed that it has become necessary to suspend motorcycle riders from carrying passengers as from Thursday, 24, January, 2013,” Mr. Ganduje said.
He added that henceforth all motorcyclists will be required to “register their bikes in order to ensure safety of their own lives and those of public members”.
The acting governor also directed the motorcyclists to “go back to their respective local government to register for their own benefit and that of others”.
Private individuals may be allowed to ride motorcycles as long as they do not carry passengers.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt the state government does not plan to ban Okada in the state, but is pursuing a policy to streamline the motorcycle business and have a complete directory of all who engage in the business.