The Federal Government will not ban the operations of okada (commercial motorcycle) and tricycles in the country, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said.
According to the minister, banning okada and tricycle riders will lead to massive job losses in Nigeria, adding that this may affect the nation’s economy negatively.
He disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday at the 2017 Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motocycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association of Nigeria’s lecture.
The theme of the lecture was ‘The role of tricycles and motorcycles in transport development.’
Ameachi, who admitted to have used okada to work even as a speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, noted that there was a need to set rules and regulations that would guild the operators, instead of placing a ban on their operations.
He said, “Majority of people are happy that you take them from one point to the other; the only problem is that people believe you are reckless. Before, when you came newly, the number of accidents and the rate at which people were dying and losing their legs seemed to be very high but now, it has gone down.
“People think you are reckless, they think you disobey road signs, you are impatient and you park anywhere you see. But in all these, I don’t think okada should be banned. It won’t be nice to ban your services because we know the implications, which this will have not just on you but also on our national economy.”