“I Won’t Ban Okada In Ekiti” – Fayose Condemns FG’s Plan To Ban Okada

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Governors’ Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described plan by the federal
government to ban commercial motorcycle, popularly known as Okada in the
country as wicked, saying;

“In Ekiti State, we won’t ban Okada because it is a source of livelihood
to a lot of families. Why would anyone even contemplate such when
government did not creat alternative employments?”

He added;

“With this economic recession that is biting so hard, it is sheer
heartlessness for the federal government to even think of sending Okada
riders out of business instead of putting machineries in motion to check
their excesses.”

According to a statement issued on Sunday, by his Special Assistant on
Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, who
was addressing Okada riders that accosted him in Ikere Ekiti, on his
way from Abuja on Saturday, said “ban on Okada will worsen the country’s
security situation because it will remove foods from the table of so
many people.”

The governor, who promised Okada riders in Ekiti State his continued support and assistance, said;

“The federal government has no power to ban Okada in my State and under
my watch, no one will prevent Okada Riders from operating as long as
they do not go against the laws.”

Governor Fayose said;

“The hunger in the land is killing and most of these Okada riders are
graduates who have taken to commercial motorcycling to survive because
of unemployment. Many of them are even those who lost their jobs within
the 21 months of this All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal
government and government workers, whose salaries are not being paid
regularly. How does the federal government expect them to feed if their
means of livelihood is taken away? 

“If commercial motorcyclist is a major cause of fatal road traffic
accidents across the country, as posited by the federal government,
should proposing their ban be an option?
“Should we also say motor vehicles, especially heavy duty vehicles
should be banned from plying our roads because they also cause
accidents? 

“Methinks the federal government should be concerned with the rate of
unemployment in the country and the deplorable state of our roads,
especially federal roads, instead of seeking to deprive Nigerians, who
have taken to riding Okada to save themselves and their families from
dying of hunger.”