Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has said the state’s socio-economic indices do not support the ban of Okada as a means of transportation in the state.
He spoke yesterday during the one-year memorial service of Mother Lucy Okoli- Ogudebe, mother of Uche Ekwunife, at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Igboukwu.
Obi, who revealed that he was under pressure to ban Okada when he was the governor, explained that he always considered the socio-economic implication of policies and actions before taking them.
He said: “I agree that Okada contributes to crime, but we must also accept that many of them are also good people and we cannot punish the multitude because of the sins of a few. We cannot, for example, seek the closure of a market because a few sell fake products in the market.”
Obi, who insisted that what was needed was strict monitoring of Okada riders said that was while under him a law limiting them to certain hours of the day was passed.
He said though socio-economic indicators might favoured its ban in some other states, but not in Anambra State.
“Anambra State has many motorcycle assembly plants employing thousands. Many families depend on Okada riding for survival. Many youths are in that business to make ends meet. If we ban it in Anambra, it will be a disaster to the economy of the state,” he said.” Obi said.tweet Follow @@metrolens1