Okada ban: Union asks Kaduna government for 2 months grace

Okada riders used to illustrate the story.

The ban is expected to take effect on May 21.

The Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycles Owners and Riders Association, has urged the Kaduna State Government to give two months grace before enforcing the ban on commercial motorcycle operation.

The ban is expected to take effect on May 21, after the bill banning okada services was signed into law by the state governor, Mukhtar Yero, on Tuesday.

The state chairman of the association, Garba Rabiu, made the appeal on Friday in Kaduna. He said that the two weeks deadline given by the government for the over 100, 000 okada operators to leave was not enough.

The chairman also urged the government to provide at least 5,000 tricycles to cushion the effects of the ban on members of the association.

Mr. Rabiu said the government should also allow only members of the association to participate in the distribution of the tricycles.

He appealed to wealthy individuals in the state to invest more in the transport sector to create employment and boost economic activities.

The chairman urged commercial motorcyclists in the state to remain calm and law abiding, saying the association would protect their interest.


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