Ogun State government says its doors are not opened to accommodate Okada riders, whose operations were recently restricted by the Lagos State government.
The Chairman Caretaker Committee on Transportation in the State, Barrister Femi Adeniyi, was wrongly reported in the media recently to have assured adequate accommodation for motorcyclists, who have been relocating to the State, following the ban placed on them.
Clarifying the report, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Hon. Remmy Hazzan in a statement said, Adeniyi was quoted out of context and was not authorised to speak on the issue on behalf of government.
Hazzan noted that Okada operation was fraught with many challenges, including that of security, which resulted in their being totally banned or restricted in many parts of the country.
He said that Ogun State does not have the capacity to cope with the menace and security challenges the influx of the Okada operators from Lagos and any other neighboring states would pose.
The Special Adviser maintained that deploying motorcycles for commercial operation was not in the schedule of the National Transportation policy, adding that Ogun State government was already looking into the issue, with a view to coming out with a clear policy direction.
He noted that the State’s doors were however open for genuine businessmen and foreign investors, to take advantage of the proximity of the Gateway State to the nation’s commercial and biggest market.
Hon. Hazzan in the statement stated that Governor Dapo Abiodun, since assumption of office on May 29, 2019, has put in place, measures to create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.
“As the State with the largest industrial base, Ogun State will continue to welcome more investors. The present administration in its determination to further enhance the status of the state as the most industrialised, has put in place policies that would attract more businesses, home and abroad. The Governor has been meeting with potential investors in the country and even travelled abroad in his efforts to attract more investors into the State”.
The statement further stated that the present administration was desirous of providing gainful employment for her teeming citizens, but with emphasis on agriculture, while appealing to the people to go about their normal businesses, as efforts have been made to prevent security breaches in the State.