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Jantuah: Blame Mahama for “aboboyaa” menace

The private legal practitioner says the inability of the former president to regulate the importation of the motorised tricycle was the genesis of the "aboboyaa" menace

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  • "I blame the former president John Mahama. Why did he allow such a thing into the system. It was being used in the Northern part of the country because it's quite expensive for them to buy vehicles and roads there are very narrow."

Kwame Jantuah, a private legal practitioner is blaming the former president, John Mahama, for the proliferation of motorised tricycles (aboboyaa) for commercial use across the country.

Speaking on Asaase Radio’s news analysis and current affairs programme The Forum on Saturday (30 October), Jantuah said the inability of the John Mahama-led administration to regulate importation of motorised tricycles then led to the current menace.

“… I blame the former president [Mahama]. Did he not allow the tricycles to be brought into the country during his tenure, did he not know when he allowed it that it would be used for commercial purpose?”

“If you use the Tema motorway at night and you see an aboboyaa on the motorway with no light, pitch-dark and the street lights are not working and you hit the person, whose fault is it?” Jantuah asked.

He added: “But you know, I blame the former president John Mahama. Why did he allow such a thing into the system. It was being used in the Northern part of the country because it’s quite expensive for them to buy vehicles and roads there are very narrow.”

Restriction on “aboboyaa” on motorways

The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly has banned the use of motorised tricycles on the Accra-Takoradi highway.

A statement issued by the assembly on Friday said the directive takes effect from Monday 15 November.

“Person below the age of 25 years are banned from riding tricycles as provided by law. Unregistered tricycles and unlicenced riders are banned from operations,” the statement added.

It also said all tricycle operations should be between the hours of 6am to 5pm.

Below is the full statement:

Restriction of “aboboyaa” in Accra

Meanwhile, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, has announced that restrictions on the use of “aboboyaa” on principal streets in the region will start from 1 November.

The exercise will kick off with the imposition of the rule on the Tema Motorway.

Speaking to Beatrice Adu on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday (22 October), the Regional Minister said: “In collaboration with assemblies along the stretch of the motorway that will be announced, we will give them a one-week grace period.

“So, effective 1 November, tricycles cannot and will not be allowed to ride on the motorway. So, after the 90 days period, they will be restricted to their respective assemblies rather than on the principal streets …

“Effective 1 November, as for the Tema Motorway they cannot ride on it. They can continue their business in other areas.”

See the benefit

Quartey said the leaders of tricycle operators’ groups are aligned with the new arrangement.

“But within the 90-day period there will be a lot of engagements, I have already engaged the leadership of the tricycle users, and they have understood what we are saying – that it is rather to their benefit.”

The new move aims at strict compliance and enforcement of the Road Traffic Regulations 2012 (LI 2180) for motorbike riders, to clear abandoned vehicles from the streets and also to ban tricycles (aboboyaa) from using the region’s highways and the principal streets in Accra.

Fred Dzakpata

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