WHY KEKE IS PREFERRED TO OKADA IN NIGERIA

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WRITTEN BY NZEH UCHE

 

Motorcycles appeared in Nigeria in the late 1980s helping jobless youth to make ends meet by conveying passengers to their desired locations. It then became more popular and well used because of its ability to maneuver on bad roads and escaping traffics. Motorcycles generally known as OKADA (name originated from the then OKADA air) then became one of the primary modes of transportation in the country and by far the most used.

Over the years of motorcycle operation in Nigeria, the riders gradually created a bad reputation and mixed reactions grew as they became reckless on roads causing accidents that resulted in deaths or heavy injury on a lot of people.
All riders were then seen as outlaws and junkies because of the negative use to which the bikes were being put by criminals and wayward leading to its ban in many states of the country.

Tricycle, on the other hand, was used in phasing out OKADA in the major metropolis and this was a welcome relief for many, mostly for those who felt the ban on OKADA compounded the difficulty of commuters who had depended on them for easy of movement.

The tricycle also got a moniker (KEKE NAPEP) and as the years passed, many ventured into the KEKE NAPEP business owing to the good revenue it generated. However, anxiety grew as the KEKE NAPEP riders began showing traits owned by the then OKADA men, making many go into a slight panic, fear of DEJAVU, though Tricycles have reduced the rate of crippling and fatal accidents because the riders are not as untrained as the OKADA riders.

Investigation shows that 80% of commuters prefer the tricycle to OKADA not just because of reduction in accidents but also during the raining seasons because it has a shelter to prevent the rain, unlike the OKADA. In other words, tricycle with its own disadvantages is still well preferred to OKADA.

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