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POLITICS: “Legalising Okada Will Be Useful Than Even NABCO" – Kwame Agbodza

The Member of Parliament for Adaklu Constituency in the Volta Region, Kwame Governs Agbodza has backed the Flagbearer for the opposition, National Democratic Congress(NDC) saying he legalising the 'Okada' business will be useful than Government's NABCO programme.

According to the MP, legalising it will not only be a good deal for the youth but also an avenue for job creation.

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Speaking on an Accra-based radio station, the MP said “Legalizing Okada will be useful than even NABCO, why because these people can create jobs within their locality. They don't need to move from their locality anywhere. When we do this, the teacher, nurse taking Okada to school doesn't feel he's breaking the laws any longer. I think the former president is in tune with the realities of the times. I will be happy to see this becomes a law to make Okada a safe and profitable business.”

The Adaklu MP who doubles as a Ranking Member for Parliament's Roads and Transport Committee added the existing law that stopped riders from using their bikes for commercial businesses has lost its relevance stressing it must be reviewed.

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“Although it is not allowed and people are using it and getting injured. We should rather go back, look at the law, regulate the operations and make it safer so that people can safely be trained and to engage in genuine and legal business by conducting it as a means of transport,” he mentioned.

It will be recalled that Former President Mahama addressed the chiefs and people of Ho and said “In our laws, okada is illegal. But in reality, okada has become part of us. It has come to stay and you can't stop it. So I have suggested that when we come into office, we will legalize okada but we will regulate it…We will regulate it and give them the necessary training so they are able to conduct their business in a safe manner,”

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After making the submission in Ho, it emerged that the legalisation of 'Okada' became a topic for discussion of which, the MP for Adaklu Constituency sided with Candidate Mahama and called for its approval.

"New Patriotic Party (NPP) have strongly opposed the idea of legalizing the operations of the commercial motorbike riders however an NDC government will push it to ensure that Ghana's Road Traffic Regulations 2012 (L.I 2180) is reviewed to accommodate the operations of Okada people" Mr. Agbodza concluded.

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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith