Government to present alternative to “risky okada” business

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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says the government intends to present ‘okada’ riders a better alternative and wont legalise the “risky business” of commercial motorbike in the country.

He assured the riders of a better alternative of empowering them to purchase brand new cars assembled in the country to engage in a much safer venture.

Dr Bawumia was speaking at an event Wednesday in Accra which saw VW and BlackIvy signed an MoU to embark on the production of affordable homes and affordable cars for the Ghanaian people.

Section 128 (1) of the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (Legislative Instrument 2180), states: “The licensing authority shall not register a motorcycle to carry a fare-paying passenger.”

But flagbearer for the NDC John Mahama had earlier indicated that his government will legalise the commercial operation of motorbikes popularly known as Okada if voted into power in 2021.

It will be recalled that during a tour of Kpando in the Volta Region, the former President said the Okada business has become a means of sustenance for young people who are unemployed.

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