Monday 25th September, 2017
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Don't ban commercial cyclists, Amaechi tells states

Don't ban commercial cyclists, Amaechi tells states

State governments in the country have been advised to jettison their plan to ban commercial motorcyclists popu­larly known as Okada from oper­ating in their domains.
The admonition came on Tues­day in Abuja from the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Amaechi said that motorcy­cles and tricycles should not be banned nationwide because do­ing so would affect the country’s economy negatively.
He spoke at the celebration of the National Day of Amalgam­ated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN).
The minister advised state gov­ernments not to ban commercial cyclists but train them to reduce their recklessness on the road and ensure strict compliance with rules and regulations.
“I don’t think we should ban Okada because if we do, it will affect the economy; they only need to be trained to obey rules and regulations.
“The issue of security, safety and regulation should be dealt with at the state level; state gov­ernments should train Okada riders,” Amaechi said.
He urged the operators to avoid recklessness and obey traf­fic rules and regulations in order to reduce the rate of accidents.
According to him, commer­cial cyclists play vital roles in the transportation sector, especially in transporting agricultural pro­duce where roads are not easily accessible.
The National President of ACOMORAN, Shehu Baban­gida, said that the day was an an­nual event designed to celebrate the informal sector in Nigeria.
He said that the association’s 12 million members had helped to reduce the rate of unemploy­ment and criminality in the country by engaging vulnerable youths.

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