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Beyond proposal, states should just ban okada

Beyond proposal, states should just ban okada
A proposal by the Federal Government to ban the operations of commercial motorcyclists, otherwise called okada riders, across the country is a good idea given Nigeria’s insecurity problem.

5th August 2022 5th August 2022 A proposal by the Federal Government to ban the operations of commercial motorcyclists, otherwise called okada riders, across the country is a good idea given Nigeria’s insecurity problem.Unfortunately, the Federal Government’s proposal is beyond its constitutional purview.Certainly, the Federal Government cannot regulate the transport modes in states in a federal structure, which Nigeria operates, albeit shambolically.It should leave that decision to the state governors and LG chairmen, while it (the Federal Government) enforces the ban in the Federal Capital Territory, on federal interstate highways and in any state where emergency rule is in force.

In truth, the use of commercial motorcycles should be abolished in the urban centres and in the rural areas affected by terrorism and mass kidnapping.The claim by the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycles Riders Association of Nigeria that a ban would hinder mobility and the source of livelihood of millions should be juxtaposed with the negative costs of widespread okada use.

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