Anambra extends Okada ban to Nnewi, Ekwulobia
The Anambra State Government has extended the ban on commercial motorcycle operators to Nnewi and Ekwulobia.
The Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu, stated this in a statement signed by himself on Tuesday.
Before this development, commercial motorcyclists were banned only in the commercial city of Onitsha and Awka, the state capital.
But in Nwosu’s statement, he added Ekwulobia and Nnewi as areas where Okada operators were prohibited from plying.
He attributed the development on increasing trend of crime and criminality in the state, adding that the development was one of the resolutions reached at the state executive council meeting.
THE STATEMENT READS:
1. It has come to the notice of government that commercial motorcycle riders, popularly known as “Okada” have gradually found their ways back on our roads in Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia. Their recklessness owing to lack of riding training and ignorance of traffic signs are beginning to produce high rate of avoidable accidents on our roads. Added to this is the fact that “Okada” has been fingered severally by law enforcement agents as being the major conveyor belt through which criminals ply their nefarious businesses. In the light of these ugly trends, government hereby restates and reiterates that the ban on commercial motorcycles in our major cities such as Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia is still in force. Anyone caught violating them will be made to face the full wrath of the law. For an area like Nnewi where private motorcycles are means of commuting to places of work and business, the rider must wear a crash helmet to protect the head in case of accident. Companies involved in courier services, dispatch services and home deliveries must register with the Ministry of Transport and have their riders properly kitted up. “Okada” may ply the sub urban and rural areas where motor transport is scarce, but plan is underway to have them enumerated and branded in order to determine the genuine commercial motorcyclists and be able to track any operator who is involved in breaching the law.
2. ANSEC took exception to the increasing wave of domestic violence against spouses of both genders as it has been discovered that male spouses have also become victims of domestic violence. Domestic brutality or savagery in whatever form will no longer be tolerated in Anambra State. Anybody that is implicated in a case of domestic violence henceforth would be arrested and tried before a court of competent jurisdiction and punished accordingly. Spouses should learn to live in peace and harmony so that their lives would be worthy of emulation by their children and neighbours.
SIR PAUL NWOSU
Commissioner for Information