Ondo insisits on ban of okada – Govt

The Ondo State Government has declared that its suspension order on the operation of commercial motorcycle operators also known as okada in Akure, the state capital , as well as the ban on ticketing activities by the operators across the state is still subsisting.

In a statement in Akure on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, the suspension order still stood until government was done with its reformation process on the operation of the commercial motorcyclists in the state.

According to the commissioner, this clarification was made following the reports that the order was being flouted by some commercial motorcycle operators in the capital city where activities of the okada riders have specifically been suspended.

Akinmade reiterated in the statement that the ban on ticketing activities by the operators was also still in force across the state, warning that “operators should guide against falling prey to the activities of the various illegal ticket handlers who have been duping unsuspecting motorcycle operators under the guise of working for outlawed bodies.

The statement read, “Government is using the period of the suspension of the okada operation in the state capital (metropolis) to work out a permanent and fraud-free arrangement that will ensure effective work mode of the okada operators without any threat to the security of the state” the statement read in part.

“The operators should maintain the peace and cooperate with the state government in its determination to ensure they have a regularised and effective mode of operation.

“There is the need for the operators to be properly identified. Government wants them to perfect their papers and be well regulated, that is what government is working to achieve and the cooperation of everyone is needed in this regard.”