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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Federal Govt of Nigeria To Ban Commercial Motorcycles – Okada Nationwide

The use of motorcycles as commercial means of transport in Nigeria, popularly known as ‘Okada’ or ‘Achaba’ may soon be banned throughout the country. The proposal for the ban was made 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 on Saturday evening stated that the ban of commercial motorcycle was one of the measures proposed towards adequate provision of safety and secure transportation in Nigeria.

It said the recommendation was contained in a statement of the week long meeting which had in attendance all the state commissioners of transport, permanent secretaries, directors and officials in the federal and state ministries of transport across the country.

The council advised 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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Enyinda Nathaniel Okey
the ban on some highways in many places did not end well. more robbers. to ban okada outright would be seriously insensitive... Abuja still boasts of thousands of okada... there are companies that live on this. what would happen to such companies? what would happen to the okada operators?
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Endy Edeson
@OKEY: before the ban, the govt should give the operators ultimatum, not just wake up one morning and tell the them to stop. also, there should be a system to re-empower them as well. failure to do this, it could lead the victims to serious crime
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Enyinda Nathaniel Okey
I am aware of the problems okada operators faced in PH. it was so sudden.. of course the fed govt would be cautious
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Obasi Peter King
Its not possible becos of those who use dem as a means of transportation in rural areas
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