Indications are rife that the use of commercial motorcycles popular known as okada, will soon be banned nationwide.
This emergence may follow the similar action taking by some states in the country to ban okada and it seems the action is not reversible.
At a meeting, it was gathered by Punch that the National Council on Transport met and endorsed by the Minister of Transport Idris Umar in the statement released Saturday, October 25, which followed a week-long meeting, which was attended by the top representative of transport bodies of all the states to endorse the ban of okada which was suggested as a means of ensuring safety on the roads of the whole Nigeria
“All states and the Federal Capital Territory have therefore been advised to establish a public transport system that ensure strict regulation of the operation of public passenger transportation system through a well-articulated management system for enhanced safety, security, effective and efficient service delivery.”
“The states are to also develop master plans for the development of intelligent transport system to facilitate the development and management of their transport operations in line with emerging trends and global best practices”, the statement reads.