Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Okada operators ordered out of Awka, Onitsha

By Pamela Eboh, Awka on 23/05/2018

Gmail icon

Views: 802

•A cross section of okada riders
•A cross section of okada riders

The Anambra State Government has banned the operation of commercial motorcycles (okada) in Awka, the state capital, and the commercial city of Onitsha.

The ban, expected to take effect from July 1, 2018, was one of the resolutions of the meeting of the Anambra State Executive Council held on Tuesday (May 22).

A statement made available by James Eze, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Willie Obiano, asked the commercial motorcycle operators to work towards changing their trade or vacate both cities for good.

It explained that the ultimatum was given to okada operators in the two cities as part of the overall strategies adopted by the State Government to deepen its crackdown on crime and restore sanity to Awka and Onitsha.

The statement reads in part: “Residents of some make-shift structures on the banks of the River Niger stretching from Onitsha to Ogbaru have also been given until August 1, 2018 to relocate from those places along the water front as they have been marked for demolition. This is also a part of the campaign against the men of the underworld in the state.

“The deadlines given to Okada operators and the shanty-dwellers are intended to offer them enough time to make the necessary adjustments in order to fit into the emerging socio-cultural scenario in the state.”

According to the CPS, other far-ranging resolutions of the Council include the establishment of a Committee on Environment with a mandate to clean up Anambra State, clearing out garbage dumps and overflowing drainages and demolishing illegal structures that are either obstructing the way or ruining the aesthetics of the Anambra environment.

He said the committee is expected to sustain the on-going campaign to put an end to roadside trading that often leads to avoidable traffic congestion and return sanity to the roads and highways of Anambra State.

The statement further reads: “Reinforcing the hard line posture of his administration against street-trading and erection of illegal structures across the state, Governor Willie Obiano specifically commended the agencies behind the on-going demolition exercise in the state, urging them to sustain the momentum until the state begins to wear a better look.

“The governor also sent a note of warning to owners of illegal structures along the famous Awka Road in Onitsha, saying that very soon the demolition team would sweep through the area.

“He frowned at the current practice by Awka residents who sometimes dump their waste bins right in the middle of Zik Avenue and warned that anyone caught doing that would pay a heavy penalty.”

The statement further announced that important public places like the Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Alex Ekwueme Square and the vast premises of the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) would soon be given a facelift and properly remodelled to fit into the dynamics of the day.

It said that the Amphitheatre of the Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre would be redesigned to serve as a stadium and completed as soon as possible.

The statement warned people encroaching on government land in the state to desist forth with or be to ready to face severe consequences for flagrantly breaking the law.

Source News Express

Posted 23/05/2018 12:24:05 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Ecobank to close branches, cut jobs

DSS detains ex-colonel over Boko Haram

Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate showing the way forward,...

Boko Haram suicide bomber jailed 60 years

Evil man hangs, hacks 16-year-old boy to death...

Kogi APC members reject Governor-elect Yahaya Bello, insist...

EKAETTE UNOMA AKPABIO: Undying hope on the dais...

Christian schools threaten to boycott WAEC examinations

Mariah Carey shuns boycott call, performs in Saudi...

Umahi offers to pay church rent as flood...

Today’s weather forecast, by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency...

Governments doing nothing to stem climate change: UN...

 

Latest News ECOWAS Parliament faults closure of Nigeria’s borders, demands reversal REVEALED: How Oshiomole hijacked NDDC Board Chairmanship from Ondo State Buhari dissolves Obono-Obla’s panel on loot recovery 5-year-old boy shoots, kills brother Call Miyetti Allah to order, South-East farmers tell Buhari Trouble as lawmakers threaten Foreign Affairs Minister over xenophobia Adoke (ex-Minister who nearly committed suicide after leaving office) lied — EFCC •Tells him to come back home for trial Delta to spend over N1bn on rehabilitation of Federal roads Accidents: FRSC gets tough with Dangote RTEAN expels National President, suspends Secretary-General Senegal to offer free breast cancer treatment Airport: Ebonyi Govt. admonishes host communities

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (541,070 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (443,231 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (389,558 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (326,780 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (294,788 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (253,694 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (249,830 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (238,480 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (231,539 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (217,578 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (195,919 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (193,503 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (102) Business & Economy (4,447) Business Verdict (80) Columnists (1,109) Complaints & Requests (96) Enterprise & Opportunities (215) Entertainment (664) Features (812) Global Business Monitor (442) ICT Monitor (63) International (3,957) Interview (203) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (170) Maggie's Blog (414) News (51,422) Opinion (1,359) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,449) Religion (1,102) Sports (2,169) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera