Onitsha records total compliance of Okada ban
Upper Iweka, Onitsha before the Okada ban
By Sunny A. David, Onitsha
At Onitsha major standing points for commercial motorcyclists were empty following Anambra State government’s ban which took effect on Sunday.
From Bridgehead to Upper Iweka, a single motorcycle was not seen on the Express Road.
The situation was the same at Tracas Bus Stop, Oguta Road, Ekene Junction, Old and New Market Roads.
Those who spoke to our correspondent including Mrs. Chika Nwibe, Mr. Ndubuisi Nweze and Mr. Cynthia Madu, said this will stop criminal activities linked to commercial motorcyclists but lamented the economic hardship it will create to families who genuinely rely on commercial motorcycle for their livelihood as well as the long distance people will trek in getting to places that are not motorable.
Our correspondent who monitored the level of compliance, reports that police van was seen on patrol while travelers who disembarked at the Upper Iweka contended with their loads.
More commercial tricycle operators were also seen enjoying business boom.
One of them who reacted to the development said its a welcome development but still appealed to the state government to provide more empowerment to the banned okada riders.