No plan to ban “Okada” business in Oyo State — Makinde

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says  his administration no plan to ban motocyclists in the state.

Makinde made this known on Friday during the  inauguration  of a newly constructed ultra-modern motocyclist and tricycle loading points in Ibadan.

He said his administration -organise and coordinate the operations of Okada/tricycle riders to conform with modern ways of doing transport business.

The   maintained that when properly organised, it be easy to differentiate individuals doing other  businesses from motorcycles and tricycles business operators.

He said the loading points facilitate easy transportation of residents in the state capital.

Makinde said that the loading points were designed as a pilot scheme, saying that if the units are used judiciously, the initiative would be replicated throughout the state.

He also enjoined Keke and Okada riders to do away with those using motorcycles and tricycles to commit crimes.

“We also want you to be coordinated and organised. I already told the people in charge to install solar lights here so that you can all do your businesses comfortably at night.

“We have security challenges and I must say that Okada and tricycle operators have to the government.

“When you are organised, you can fish out those who are using Okada and tricycles to commit crimes and hand them to the law enforcement agencies,” the said.

The Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the motorcycle/ tricycle operators plying Beere -Gate – Iwo road appreciated the Oyo State government for the of the loading points and called for more of it.

One Mukaila Jimoh, an okada rider and Ezekiel Olabode, a tricycle operator said the loading points would enhance their operations.

Jimoh said the loading points would make it easy for okada operators to abide with the regulation of one passenger per bike, and other regulations guiding their operations.

Olabode, on his part, said that the loading points would them to know genuine and registered tricycle operators from Intruders.(NAN)