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Those Who Want To Protest On Monday Are Not Our Members – Oyo ACOMORAN
…says Body has cordial relationship with current Administration
The Oyo State branch of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers, and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) has distanced itself from a planned protest, claiming that its goal is either political or to smear the current administration’s good name.
Comrade Solomon Olugbode, the Oyo state chairman of ACOMORAN, who spoke during a press briefing at the association’s state secretariat in Ibadan on Saturday disclosed that the planned protest under the guise of the umbrella body is an avenue to disturb public peace and soil Governor Makinde name saying the governor has made himself and concerned aides accessible to address concerns impacting the body in the state.
Olugbode maintained that protest is often the last tool in any communicational engagement or dialogue after all other avenues have been exhausted ineffectively, stating that the state government has given the association needed attention and commitment, indicating that the state government and the association have a cordial relationship.
“Today’s meeting necessitated us to call for a press briefing as our society is facing a lot of challenges ranging from economy, security, and politics, which has affected our moral value.
“We all know transportation plays a major role in our daily lives both positive and negative.
“Our brand of transport, riding tricycle and motorcycle is becoming a threat to security because of unruly behavior of some riders who were acting individually or as a group which has resulted to ban in some states denying thousands of innocent riders their means of livelihood.
“The present administration under the leadership of Engr. Seyi Makinde has pledged to give all works and occupations, professionals or unprofessional a conducive environment to make living in the state in their lawful business.
“The governor personally and his aides have always made themselves available to any complaints or suggestions that are in the best interest of the people of the state.
“Our attention was brought to some discredited people mobilizing themselves to organize an unwarranted protest on Monday 5th of July 2021 to breach public peace and the good relationship riders in the state have been maintaining with the state government.
“We believe protest comes when authority denies access or listening ears. As the umbrella body for riders in the state, we are dissociating ourselves from the unlawful protest whose aim is either political or to soil the good name of this administration.
“All Okada and tricycle riders should go about their lawful duty while we appeal to security agents to be on alert to avert any incident that may occur in the name of the parasitic protest,” the chairman stated.