Tricycle riders under the umbrella body of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN) and Aba Tricycle Riders Integrated Welfare Association (ATRIWA) have praised the unveiling of Keke Pass in Umuahia and Aba.
Speaking at the launch, Chisom John, chairman, Aba Tricycle Riders Integrated Welfare Association (ATRIWA) Umuahia Zone, applauded the company for the initiative, noting that only serious-minded companies that understand the pain of tricycle riders will invest in such a product.
According to him, members of the association are involved in fatal accidents every day and sometimes they lose their tricycles and even die in such accidents.
He noted that Keke Pass is the only way out for their members to live a normal life even after such an accident, noting that the policy is a welfare package for members.
“The product is for the welfare of Keke riders and we will accept it. A lot of our members die as a result of the Keke accident just because they don’t have enough to take care of hospital bills. We believe this product will go a long way to improve their lives.”
Victor Nwoswgwu, chairman, Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), Umuahia Zone said it is a good development that should be applauded, stating that the product is cheap and affordable for their members and with a health package makes it even better for its members.
Owing to the company’s pedigree on claims settlement, he said the association believes that the company will do it’s best to keep the promise of prompt claims Payment.
Speaking further the Welfare Officer of ATRIWA, Uzochukwu Nwoswgwu expressed his delight for the policy, adding that the unveiling of Keke Pass for them symbolised unity of purpose and provided a sense of belonging and direction for their members.
“For the first time in the history of our association we now have insurance protection. It is a wonderful experience and something our members have been looking forward to.”
Speaking at the event, Benedict Ujoatuonu, managing director/ CEO, Universal Insurance said the product became necessary because conventional insurance products do not take into account the peculiarities of ordinary Nigerians.
Ujoatuonu said: “Keke Pass is Keke Passenger Assurance Safety Scheme and it is intended to provide some personal accident cover for the riders and their passengers in terms of injury, death and third-party liability while riding their Keke.
Beyond the unique benefits this product provides for the riders, it makes it affordable because it is cheaper. It is also very flexible. This is because we are dealing with people in the lower cadre. The product is technologically driven, end-to-end, and sold via an electronic platform. With your mobile device, you can have access to it, he said.