As a measure to strengthen security in the Upper West Region the regional police command has issued a directive to users of tricycles referred to as ‘’ Mahama Camboo’’ and motorbikes operating in the municipality.
The said directive bans the use of motorbikes to pick people especially youngmen after 6:30 pm. In a media briefing, the Upper West Regional Police Commander ACP Peter Ndekugri explained that this directive is to curb the crime rate in the region and also urged such transport operators to join recognized unions for easy tracing .
He further warned that they would not countenance any tricycle or motorbike crossing the municipality after 8 pm and advised that permission should be sought from authority for any program or emergency to operate after the stipulated time.
Wa just like several towns in the region have a majority of residents relying on motorbikes and tricycles as their daily transportation. The majority of workers use them to get to their workplaces and run other short distances within the municipality. The commonest means of transport at night is the ‘Mahama Camboo’ with the other option being taxis which may be expensive for most road users. A ban on the use of the Mahama Camboo will come as a major blow to many especially people who rely on it for their daily bread. It could however be a blessing for Taxi drivers who had the Mahama Camboo drivers as their direct competition.
Security issues especially in circumstances where travellers who get to the border of the municipality have to be escorted by the Police from time to time has necessitated such action from the Police Command.