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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

No Going Back On Okada Ban - Gov. Obiano Insist

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has said the ban on commercial motorcycle operators, known as okada, in Awka and Onitsha is irrevocable.

He said the enforcement of the pronouncement would begin on July 1 as earlier given.

This is coming amidst protest by okada operators who claimed that 15,000 of them would lose their jobs should the decision be implemented.

But speaking at the 2018 Annual Seminar of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council in Awka, Obiano insisted that there would be no going back on the ban.

He said, “There is no going back on the directive. The ban will be for commercial motorcyclists operating in Onitsha and Awka and their neighbouring towns.

“Government is making alternative arrangements to provide shuttle buses to cover as many routes as possible. Transporters should take this opportunity to invest in shuttles and tricycles to complement government’s efforts.

“The state government has designed a hire purchase arrangement where the motorcycle operators will be provided tricycles and shuttles and they pay in instalments over a period of time in consideration of the plight of the people who may be affected by the ban.”

By Tony Okafor

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