Oshiomhole commissions 100 Taxis for ex-Okada riders

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has commissioned 100 Suzuki cars procured by Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state for distribution to former motorcycle riders who were banned from operating in the area. Speaking at the ceremony, Oshiomhole also said that the Ministry of Transport had been directed to ensure that all vehicles used for commercial purposes are painted in the taxi colour approved by the state government.

The governor said: “The value of these vehicles shows how a local government can complement the efforts of the state government. It was my lot to try to take into account the overall interest of our state, I found myself having to reverse myself when I announced the banning of Okada. 
 I offered to support them because they were my allies during the struggle to reclaim my mandate. When the interest of the overall security of the state compelled me to reverse myself and to invest my political capital in order to enhance the security of the state, I had to take the painful but inevitable decision to ban the use of motorbikes for commercial purposes in the three core local government areas that constitute the heart of Benin City.
 I did promise that we would try to provide palliative jobs for Okada riders as well as take long term decision to increase the fleet of the Comrade bus and provide cars for the original Okada riders.”


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