John Mahama promises to legalize Okada business, if NDC wins 2020 elections

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Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Drammani Mahama has promised to legalize the business of motorcycle riders, known in Nigerian parlance as Okada, if he is voted on December 7, 2020.

The former president made this pledge during his tour in the Volta Region today, August 21.

“We will legalize the operation of Okada, when we win the December elections, this year”, president Mahama vowed.

According to him, the Okada business has come to stay, which is now part of the life of Ghanaians, particularly those who need to be transported from one place to another.

But, speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, chairman of roads and transport committee in parliament, Samuel Ayepey believed the NDC flagbearer is making this promise because he wants Okada riders to vote for the party.

“So what are telling Ghanaians? They are saying that the very law they passed, when they come,they will remove it and legalize it for Okada business because they want their votes? I want to tell Okada riders that they should not listen to them. They want their votes, that is why. When they said they would make health insurance one term premium, what happened in their 8 years in power?”, he asked.

“We must give promise that we can practically implement. Not the we can just throw dust into the eyes of the people to vote for them. Before Okada is legalize, we must put so many factors into consideration. As we speak, the ministry of transport has sent a delegation to Uganda to study the system and see how we can legalize or implement without having any difficulty”, he further stated.

On health issues, particularly, on COVID-19, the transport committee chairman further argued that, the helmet the Okada operators reserve for their passengers is not safe for be used by every passenger, and can easily transmit the virus.

A law was passed in parliament under former president John Mahama in 2012 prohibitting or banning the use of motorcycle for commercial activities in Ghana.

Story : Fuseini Safianu / fuseinisafianu2018@gmail.com

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