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Sunday, 26 October 2014

FG Set to Ban Okada Riders Nationwide

          
There are ongoing plans by the federal government to place a nationwide ban on the use of motorcycles for commercial means of transport, popularly known as Okada.

This was contained in a proposal submitted by the National Council on Transport after its annual conference in Enugu State and endorsed by the Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar.



A statement from the Federal Ministry of Transport last night noted that the ban of commercial motorcycle was one of the measures proposed towards adequate provision of safety and secure transportation in the country.

The council called on all states in the federation to henceforth discourage the use of commercial motorcycles as a means of public transportation.

“All states and the Federal Capital Territory have therefore been advised to establish a public transport system that ensure strict regulation of the operation of public passenger transportation system through a well-articulated management system for enhanced safety, security, effective and efficient service delivery, the statement said.

It added, “The states are to also develop master plans for the development of intelligent transport system to facilitate the development and management of their transport operations in line with emerging trends and global best practices.”

The statement noted that the council also agreed that all commercial vehicles should be properly registered in each state while their enumeration should be carried out periodically to enhance safety and security. 

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