From Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja
The Minister of State for Transportation, Ademola Adegoroye, has said the Federal Government is yet to take a decision on the ban of motorcycle, popularly known as okada in local parlance, as a means of transportation in the country.
Adegoroye stated this, in Abuja, on Monday, while speaking at the Annual Strategic Stakeholders Summit of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle & Motorcycle Owners, Repairs & Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN).
The government, earlier in the year, had given indication that it might ban the use of okada as a means of transportation in the country, so as to curb the supply of logistics to terrorists.
Nevertheless, the minister said the Federal Executive Council ( FEC) has not taken a decision on the issue. He noted
“By the grace of God, I’ve been a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the highest decision-making body in this country today, and I’ve been there now since July. I was appointed June, I became member and I attended my first FEC on the 6th of July this year. Let me assure you and assure ACOMORAN that there is no decision to ban Okada,” he stated.
Adegoroye added that “the federal government under the leadership of our father and our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, is also desirous of putting in place a mass transit system that will not fail like those of the past.
“It is true that several governments in the past have done one or two things to promote mass transit and ensure that our people are able to move from one place to the other seemlessly and easily.
“But nobody is a repository of knowledge, nobody has monopoly of wisdom. ACOMORAN also have a right and a duty to this country. So, we will put heads together.”