The Riders and Owners of Motorcycle Organisation (ROMO), Ogun State, has pleaded with the Federal government over the proposed bill to ban commercial motorcyclists (Okada) in the country.
The association said the banning of Okada would worsen the high level of insecurity in the country, stating that over 40 million Nigerians would be rendered unemployed if the banning of Okada took effect in the country.
The state chairman of the association, Shotayo Olushola Rasak (Sholebo), on Monday described the proposed ban on commercial motorcyclists as the height of the government’s insensitivity to the plights of Nigerians.
I appeal to the government to shelve the proposed ban of commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as okada riders across the country, noting the ban will further worsen the insecurity situation in the country.
Recalled that the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had last week hinted that the Federal government was considering banning commercial motorcyclists and mining activities in a bid to stem the rising insecurity across the country.
Malami claimed motorcycles provide the means of transportation for terrorists while mining is their source of funds for the purchase of arms.
Sohotayo posited that the ban of commercial motorcycles would cause untold hardships for Nigerians who are already feeling the heat of the poor economy.
He pointed out that no fewer than 40 million Nigerians will be directly rendered unemployed if the government bans commercial motorcyclists.
Sohotayo urged the Federal government to adopt the security strategy of the Ogun State government instead of a total ban of commercial motorcyclists. He added that the method had regulated the activities of commercial motorcyclists by registering and collating their data.
Sohotayo urged the Federal government to adopt the security strategy of the Ogun State government instead of a total ban of commercial motorcyclists.
He added that the method had regulated the activities of commercial motorcyclists by registering and collating their data.
He explained further that over the years, the Ogun State government, in conjunction with the Motorcyclist union and security agencies, has been jointly combating insecurity by creating a data bank of commercial motorcyclists and regulating their activities. He boasted that the strategy was paying off.
Affirming the strategy, he said that over 150 criminals using unregistered motorcycles were arrested and handed over to the police for prosecution.
He disclosed that all motorcyclist unions set up a task force and, with the help of the security agencies, have been arresting criminal elements hiding under the guise of commercial motorcyclists and perpetrating crime in the State.
The association therefore urged the federal government to shelve this proposed action and adopt a better security strategy to combat insecurity.