- Governor Obiano of Anambra State
By Sunny A. Ijomah
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Anambra State on Media and Grassroots Mobilization, Honourable Egbuna Amuta, has cautioned against politicizing the ban on Okada in Awka and Onitsha metropolis.
The Governor’s aide made the call in one of the Radio Stations in state and monitored by our correspondent in Onitsha, where he stated that the ban was well thought-out by the state Executive Council who assessed its advantages and disadvantages before approving the ban.
Honourable Amuta reiterated that the state government has set up palliative measure to alleviate the direct effect of the ban, including provision of soft credit facilities through the Anambra State Business Agency, ASBA, and provision of shuttle buses and tricycles as a way to ensure that nobody is out of job.
He called on entrepreneurs in the state to explore this opportunity to provide shuttle buses and tricycles to people who may be affected by the ban.
While assuring that the ban is only restricted to Awka and Onitsha, Honourable Amuta urged residents of the state to continue to support the present administration in its drive to take the state to the promised land.
Also communities have been urged to support Governor Willie Obiano’s efforts towards Youth Empowerment.
A community leader, Dr. Mike Omenugha who made the call at Nnobi, said Governor Willie Obiano’s ban on Okada operations in Awka and Onitsha is an initiative that would encourage youths to venture into sustainable economic activities that would enable them become self reliant.
Dr. Omenugha commended Governor Obiano for setting aside intervention fund to empower the affected commercial motorcyclists, noting that it would create more employment opportunities from shuttle buses and expand their revenue earning capacity.
He pointed out that banning Okada operations in the major cities would further help to strengthen security across the state as well as reduce the rate of fatal road accidents often associated with commercial motor cycling.
Dr. Omenugha also enjoined Okada riders to explore the opportunities offered by the various skill acquisition programmes of the state government to equip themselves properly for a better life urged them to shun get rich syndrome in order to achieve their life aspirations.
He enjoined security agencies and other relevant authorities to ensure effective implementation of the Governor’s directive.