FG to ban commercial motorcycles nationwide
The use of motorcycles as commercial means of transport in
Nigeria, popularly known as ‘Okada’ or ‘Achaba’
may soon be banned throughout the country.
The proposal for the ban was made by the
National Council on Transport after its annual
conference in Enugu State and endorsed by the
Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar.
A statement from the Federal Ministry of
Transport on Saturday evening stated that the
ban of commercial motorcycle was one of the
measures proposed towards adequate provision
of safety and secure transportation in Nigeria.
It said the recommendation was contained in a
statement of the week long meeting which had in
attendance all the state commissioners of
transport, permanent secretaries, directors and
officials in the federal and state ministries of
transport across the country.
The council advised all states in the federation to
henceforth discourage the use of commercial
motorcycles as a means of public transportation.
“All states and the Federal Capital Territory have
therefore been advised to establish a public
transport system that ensure strict regulation of
the operation of public passenger transportation
system through a well-articulated management
system for enhanced safety, security, effective
and efficient service delivery,” the statement said.
It added, “The states are to also develop master
plans for the development of intelligent transport
system to facilitate the development and
management of their transport operations in line
with emerging trends and global best practices.”
The statement noted that the council also agreed
that all commercial vehicles should be properly
registered in each state while their enumeration
should be carried out periodically to enhance
safety and security.
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