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FG reveals action on Okada ban in Nigeria

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FG reveals action on Okada ban in Nigeria

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The Federal Government on Thursday said it has not taken any decision to ban the operation of motorcycle riders known as Okada as a form of commercial transportation in the country.

The Minister of State for Transportation, Ademola Adegoroye, stated this while speaking in Abuja at the Annual Strategic Stakeholders Summit of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle & Motorcycle Owners, Repairs & Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN).

The remark followed earlier report of plans to ban the mode of commercial transportation and mining activities to curb arm supply to terrorists.

Recall that the Attorney General the Federation, AGF,  and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had given the indication in July after the National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The AGF had said, “Placing a ban on the use of motorcycles and mining activities will cut the supply of logistics to the terrorists. This will be done in the national interest.”

But speaking in Abuja, Adegoroye, said the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has not taken any decision on the ban.

He said: “By the grace of God, I’ve been a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the highest decision-making body in this country today, and I’ve been there now since July. I was appointed in June, I became a member and I attended my first FEC on the 6th of July this year.

“Let me assure you and assure ACOMORAN that there is no decision to ban Okada.”

The Special guest of honour and former Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi said he declined efforts as a minister to place a ban on motorcycle riders even though he said that the land transportation system in the country is chaotic.

He described operators in the sector as an important part of the economic growth of any country, adding that when he was asked to ban Okada in the country, he had asked what the operatives would be doing.

He also said that some of the operators including the graduates among them were forced to the job as a result of the economic situation.

The former minister who told the Okada operators to behave well and regulate themselves said he acknowledged the fact that not all of the operators are criminals, though he said that some of them are criminals.

This article was updated 3 weeks ago

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