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We will settle for robbery if ‘okada’ is banned – Riders tell Akufo-Addo



Ghanaian motorists have given a stern warning following the decision of the Driver, Vehicle and Licensing Authority, DVLA and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department, MTTD of the Ghana Police Service to kick against the proposed legalization of the commercial use of motorbikes known as ‘Okada’ operations.

This is coming barely 72 hours after the DVLA and MTTD hinted that the ‘okada’ constituted a nuisance in the country.

The ‘okada’ group has however called on the New Patriotic Party, NPP, government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to intervene on their behalf over the decision.

They lamented that ‘okada’ operations was their only source of livelihood and of course, undoubtedly helps to ease traffic congestion in Ghana.

Speaking with Pulse Ghana, Chairman of the ‘okada’ group, Morro, said “We thought we were voting for change, now that the change is here, Nana wants to ban Okada?

“Nana Addo please we are pleading with you, allow us to do our work in peace.”

On his part, one Musah Adama, a motorist registered with the group said the ban on commercial motorcycles will subject them to armed robbery.

Adama said, “We are here helping people and easing traffic and DVLA wants us banned, no problem.

“We would just gather in front of banks and rob people to survive. I just don’t understand why they won’t leave us alone.

“When you go to Kumasi, you would see a lot of robbers there who have been left unarrested but here we are working and you claim you want to ban it.

“What is the reason?” he quizzed.

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