Fidelity bank banner Newsexpress banner Okowa 2019 gubernatorial campaign Camano banner
Okada ban: Army, police barred from riding motorcycles in Awka, Onitsha

By Pamela Eboh, Awka on 01/07/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,304

•Commercial motorcycle riders
•Commercial motorcycle riders

Apart from the regular commercial motorcycle riders operating in Awka and Onitsha areas, the Anambra State Government on Saturday said army and police personnel in the state are also barred from using motorcycles within the two areas in question.

The ban takes effect from today, Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Disclosing the information to journalists in Awka, the Commissioner for Transport, Mr Uchenna Okafor, said the ban on motorcycle operators is absolute.

He said that there will be no exceptions, adding that they have met with the police and army authorities, and made it clear that their personnel won't be allowed to ride motorcycles in the areas affected by the ban.

He said: “We are not exempting anybody. It’s total and comprehensive. By July 1, no Okada will be seen in any road in Awka and Onitsha areas. It’s total.

Okafor said by the ban on motorcycle operators in the state over “1,000 thieves” would lose their jobs.

“It is not in doubt that some of these Okada operators are criminals. They are the people snatching bags from women and students. With this ban, over 1,000 of these criminals will leave the state because they have lost their jobs.”

According to him, the governor had ordered no fewer than 1,000 shuttle buses from Japan to cushion the effect of the ban on “genuine motorcycle operators” in Awka and Onitsha areas of the state.

While stating that the buses were being expected in the state soon, he explained that the buses were ordered from Japan at the cost of about N700,000 each.

Okafor added: “The disbursement of the buses would be handled by the Anambra Small Business Agency and many commercial motorcycle operators have been visiting the headquarters of ASBA in Awka to obtain information on the modalities for the acquisition of the buses.”

He said the beneficiaries would be given interest-free loans with which to purchase the buses, adding that the only condition to obtain the loan would be the provision of credible guarantors and attestations.

The commissioner debunked the story going the rounds that only Anambra indigenes would benefit from the loan, stressing: “The Okada loan scheme is for everybody; indigenes and non-indigenes.”

He said the ban would cover Onitsha and its environs, including Nkpor and Okpoko, while in Awka it would cover Amawbia, Nibo, Nise and Okpuno areas.

While residents await the ban, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has said they would embark on hunger strike should the state government go ahead with the ban.

The Awka South Regional Leader, Arinze Igbani, who made the statement at a press briefing in Awka faulted government’s arrangements to cushion the effects of the ban on the operators, describing it as elitist.

He wondered whether their reward for supporting Governor Willie Obiano’s second term in office was to take away their source of livelihood.

He said: “MASSOB members as the founders of the All Progressives Grand Alliance made Obiano governor.

“How can government just wake up and announce such harsh policy without any clear-cut direction on how to integrate those who would be affected by such policies?”

He observed that the government has through the ban created room for the escalation of crime in the state saying that they failed to consider the fact that Okada riders contributed in no small measure contributed to the increased revenue profile of the state.

Source News Express

Posted 01/07/2018 09:16:17 AM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+




You may also like...
Obiano’s wife empowers 350 CAFE graduands with cash,...

Burial of the Year: Buhari, ministers, 16 govs,...

Lagos goes tough on cultism, criminals

Ondo 2016: INEC insists election must hold Saturday...

Displaced street traders seek Ebonyi govt's assistance

House of Reps member abducted in Kaduna

Abia LG election threatened •IPAC wants poll shift...

Breaking News: Algerian passenger plane disappears with 116...

Shell denies complicity in spill site fire at...

How we’re opening up government to Nigerian citizens:...

Sit-at-home order successful in 10 states — IPOB...

Why can’t Nigerians watch country’s biggest movie?


Latest News Atiku shocks Buhari in Presidential Villa Elections: The heavy gainers and losers Dino Melaye leads in Kogi West PDP trounces APC in Kubwa Abuja Buhari humbles Atiku in Daura Buhari wins in Kwara, Saraki loses Ekiti: Buhari crushes Atiku in Fayemi, Ojudu’s polling Gombe: Atiku loses in Gov. Dankwambo’s polling unit PDP cries out, accuses APC of killing Nigerians, burning ballot boxes Okowa bemoans failure of card readers in parts of Delta State INEC postpones elections in Anambra, Rivers, Lagos, others 16 killed in election violence


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (452,527 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (405,941 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (340,983 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (292,790 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (257,450 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (234,247 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (219,438 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (201,107 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (188,649 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (175,010 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (173,222 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (168,696 views)


NLNG call for entries

CBN banner


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (81) Business & Economy (4,033) Business Verdict (58) Columnists (999) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (592) Features (716) Global Business Monitor (326) ICT Monitor (13) International (3,116) Interview (173) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (152) Maggie's Blog (159) News (43,415) Opinion (1,197) Pidgin (17) Politics (9,652) Religion (952) Sports (1,900) Stock Watch (37) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update





APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera