Okada ban: 200 commercial motorcyclists apply for Anambra shuttle scheme
Governor Obiano of Anambra State
By Sunny A. David, Awka
As the ban on commercial motorcyclists in Awka and Onitsha metropolis commences on Sunday, 1st July, 2018 over two hundred affected Okada riders have applied to Anambra Small Business Agency for the State Government Shuttle buses initiative.
While some are trying to access the empowerment scheme some others are seeking other means of lively hood .
This was the reactions of some operators in Awka the capital city of the state and Onitsha during an interview with our correspondent on the development.
During the interview, our correspondent observed that most of the motorcyclists have not completed their registrations as some were without driving license which is one of the major requirements for the shuttle bus empowerment.
In their separate responses, some of the riders who are Anambra indigenes, Mr. Emmanuel Onuorah and Mr. Jeremiah Ozughah, said though they were not against the ban, they were yet to find an alternative means of income as they have not completed registrations for the State Government shuttle bus interventions.
Other cyclists who are from Ebonyi State, Messrs Anthony Obasi, Dominic Nweke, and Ozoemenam Elom, noted that the process of the bus distribution is still ongoing.
Also speaking, another motorcyclist who operates in Onitsha metropolis, Mr. God’swill Onoleh, called for objectivity and fairness in the distribution of the shuttle buses to ensure that people who have been in Okada business and are affected by the ban, are considered first before other interested individuals so that no motorcyclists will be left unempowered in order not to undermine the goodwill of Governor Willie Obiano.
Reacting to the issue, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Anambra Small Business Agency, ASBA, Mr. Clement Chukwuka, disclosed that out of two hundred persons that have applied for the empowerment so far, about ten have qualified as others could not yet provide their driving license or meet up with other requirements which are prerequisites for the empowerment.
Mr. Chukwuka, said that as part of its commitment to ensuring that the empowerment is fairly handled, the agency is collaborating with Okada Unions and the Ministry of Road, Rail and Water Transportation, and called on the motorcyclists that are still reluctant to the initiative to do the needful in order to be among the beneficiaries of the scheme.
On her part, an Awka resident, Mrs. Joy Chukwuemeka, described the initiative as a welcome development as it will help in reducing crime and criminalities in the state, as according to her, most of the crimes are committed with Motorcycle as it is the fastest means of escape for criminals.