Makinde ponders Okada ban as operators hit Oyo

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is considering banning commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada riders, an official has said.

Executive Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, Akin Fagbemi, said in a statement on Monday that the governor was considering the move to control the influx of Okada riders into the state.

He added that the Oyo State Government has pledged to ‘strictly’ control the influx and operations of commercial motorcycles in the state.

“We are aware of the massive exodus of affected motorcycle operators to Oyo State, which is anticipated, but I assure you, that OYRTMA is on top of its game,” he said.

“As we earnestly await the position of the state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the proscription or otherwise of motorcycles within the major highways in the state, it is crucial we get ourselves prepared for what is to come.”

Fagbemi noted that the transport authority has put in place measures to have a central database of all commercial cabs, tricycles and motorcycle operators within the state.

He urged commercial cab drivers to desist from carrying more than a passenger on their front seats and also called on tricycle riders to stop carrying passengers on their front seats.

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