I’ll phase out Keke Napep in Kaduna – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said that his government plans to phase out tricycles, also known as Keke Napep, and replace them with taxi cabs.

The governor said this on Tuesday when he appeared on a programme organised by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture in partnership with the Organised Private Sector (OPS), for the state’s governorship candidates.

He also said that the organised private sector and business owners operating in the state must regard prompt payment of taxes as a responsibility.

Speaking after the SDP candidate, Haruna Sa’id, El-Rufai said: “With our new laws and policies we have moved the state in the ease of doing business ranking from number 24 it occupied in 2014 to number one in 2016 in the country and that has attracted many investments into the state.

“Tax is very important to the government and business operators must ensure their taxes are remitted promptly and appropriately for government to be able to provide more infrastructure, social services and security to the citizens of the state.

“We are talking with the Federal Government on steady electricity while we as a state, are looking at issues of tax holidays and subsidized water supply.

“We are also collaborating with Dangote Group, and would soon setup a new Peugeot automobile plant to produce trucks and other automobile products that would be less expensive and more affordable to the people.

“We are going to phase out the Keke Napep and replace it with taxi cabs to be assembled by the plant.”