The former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama says the OKADA Business has created several jobs and has had positive rippling effects in families in Ghana than any government employment-related policy.
The NDC flagbearer in his interaction with the Chiefs and people of the Kpando said he will legalize the operations of OKADA riders and regulate their operations in order to ensure safety of the riders and pillion riders.
“I’ve been seeing young people who have finished school and they can’t find a job and, so, they are looking for something they can do and many of our young people are riding motorcycles and transporting people from place to place, and we call them Okada”.
“But in our law, it says Okada is illegal but Okada is a reality, it has come to stay, you can’t stop it, and, so, I’ve suggested and I say when we come into office, we will legalise Okada but we will regulate it,” he added.
The former President has been described by proponents of the NPP as being a lazy thinker because legalizing OKADA puts the lives of users at risk.
But defending his stance in an interview on TV XYZ last Sunday, the former President said “This is a service that has come to stay. Whether you legalize it or not you cannot stop it and so why behave like the ostrich and bury your head in the sand. These okadas have created more jobs in this economy than any government job-related policy. It has created more jobs than NABCo, it has created more jobs than YEA and all those artificial job creation programs”.
He noted that making the use of OKADA legal will ensure that Police do not harass these young individuals who are trying to make a living for themselves and also it will help identify riders in order to prevent them from contravening the road safety laws.
“These young people are living under harassment because it is illegal and so the police harass them; they stop them from time to time and take money off them and all that. And so, my suggestion is that we should legalize it and regulate it to make it safer by training the riders, ensuring that the riders observe all the safety precautions and provide a helmet for the passenger.”
“We must be able to identify that this is a commercial motorcycle so that we can ensure that they are following the rules and they must obey all traffic regulations. You can’t pick a passenger and get to a red traffic light and ride through. So, I say let’s legalize, let’s regularize because it has created sustainable jobs and people are earning an income out of this.”
Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Ayeh Offei-Akoto/2020