Following a meeting between Abia State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS) and major stakeholders in the transport sector, including commercial tricycle (Keke) and motorcycle (Okada) operators, the government has approved the reduction of daily e-ticket from N240 to N200
In a Press Release signed by the Commissioner For Information, John Okiyi Kalu and made available to the press, the government also banned the sale of e-tickets on public holidays with effect from Monday, 19th July, 2021.
Recall that few weeks ago, the state government had suspended additional taxation on Keke riders following reports of implementation of additional N240 daily tickets for tricycle (Keke) operators in the state by the Abia State Internal Revenue Service in lieu of Education Tax Fund.
Government then directed officials of Abia State Internal Revenue Service to immediately revert to the old charges pending further directives.
The Release, however, urged law abiding tricycle operators, residents and visitors to go about their normal businesses and avoid acts that are capable of breaching the existing peace and security in the state.
Government strongly advised against any form of public protests in the state to avoid the possibility of being hijacked by hoodlums and anarchists as the case has been in recent past, adding that law enforcement agents in the state have been detailed to ensure that there is no disruption whatsoever of the existing peace and tranquility of the state by any individual or group.
It could also be recalled that weeks ago, tricycle operators in the state staged a protest, expressing their displeasure about the new increment of their daily e-ticket, which made government to act swiftly in order to avoid any form of civil unrest in the state.
The state government, however, ordered the immediate suspension of additional daily collection of ticket for tricycle operators also known as Keke.