We are not legalizing OKADA Business

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Ghana’s Vice President, Dr.Mahamudu Bawumia says the NPP government will not legalize OKADA Business.

According to him, the venture is a “risky” one and in order not to put the lives of riders at risk, the NPP government will provide the riders with a better alternative by supporting them to purchase cars assembled in Ghana.

The Vice President made this known when he was speaking at the signing of an MoU between VW Ghana and BlackIvy on the production of affordable homes and affordable cars for the Ghanaian people on Wednesday.

The Vice President argued that with the right structures in place, ‘Okada’ operators will be able to buy or lease cars to run much ‘safer’ businesses as part of governments automobile development drive.

“Their [Okada riders] problem will be the lack of capital but if they [Transport Sector Recapitalisation Project] bring in new leasing policies and we have our national ID card with our digital addresses and so on, we can have a credit system working and give you an option other than this risky venture,” he added.

This comes after the Transport Ministry in a statement said that government is still consulting stakeholders on the legalization of OKADA Business.

The debate on OKADA emanated after flag-bearer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) promised to legalize its use in order for government to regulate its use and also help in the provision of sustainable jobs for the youth.

“our law says Okada is illegal, but it is a reality it has come to stay and you can’t stop it” and further backed it up by making provisions in the party’s 2020 manifesto to that effect,” the NDC flag-bearer said while addressing the people of Kpando.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Ayeh Offei-Akoto/2020

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