Okada ban: Ebonyi Govt to provide foodstuff for registered riders

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The Ebonyi Government says it plans to provide foodstuffs to registered commercial motorcyclists (Okada) to cushion the effect of the ban on their operation in the state.

The state government on April 11, banned all forms of motorcycle riding because ‘okada’ riders convey people into the state through illegal routes with the closure of its boundaries.

Mr Uchenna Orji, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation said this in a statement on Monday in Abakaliki.

Orji directed all ‘Okada’ unions across the 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state to compile the lists of their members with evidence of registration and payment of fees, for onward submission to government.

“This be through the LGA Chairmen and the Commissioner for Border, Peace and Conflict Resolution and be submitted to the of the Deputy Governor.

“The compilation reach the deputy governor’s latest April 20, 2020 as the measure will enable the commercial motorcyclists and the their families stay indoors,” he said.

The commissioner said that non-registered members of ‘okada’ unions will not benefit from the government’s gesture.

“The government is shocked about complaints the ban whereas the worst happen, movements in the state will be lockdown.

“People must see life above business as the government has not locked down the state like others because it understands its poverty level,” he said.

Orji further re-iterated in that the ban on okada and throughout the state was still in force and riders who defaulted will be prosecuted.

“This will be according to the Ebonyi Coronavirus and other Dangerous (Infectious) Diseases and Related Matters 005 of 2020.

“The confiscated may also be auctioned,” he said.