You will find ongoing plans by the FG to place a nationwide ban on the utilization of motorcycles for commercial mean of transport, popularly referred to as Okada.
This is found in a proposal submitted by the National Council on Transport following its annual conference in Enugu State and endorsed by the Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar. A statement from the Federal Ministry of Transport yesterday evening noted that the ban of commercial motorcycle was one of many measures proposed towards adequate provision of safety and secure transportation in the country. The council called on all states in the federation to henceforth discourage the utilization of commercial motorcycles as a means of public transportation.
“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 statement said.
“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 was observed that the council also decided that most industrial cars should really be properly documented in each state while their enumeration should really be moved out regularly to improve security and safety. Omo Oodua recalls that Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola had earlier made an identical pronouncement but the decision was latter rescinded.