The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, said on Saturday the state government has no plan to ban the operation of commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada in the state.
Makinde’s clarification was not unconnected with the recent ban on Okada operation by the Lagos State government.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had last month banned the Okada operation in six local government areas and nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
The ban took effect on June 1.
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The governor, who disclosed this during his third-anniversary media chat at the BCOS Television House in Ibadan, said his government would not ban Okada as there are legitimate operators among them.
He stressed that his administration would instead regulate the activities of the operators in the interest of the state.
Makinde said: “We have no intention of banning Okada in Oyo State. We will regulate them, we will identify them and the criminals will be dealt with. I have seen people with their cars jump on Okada to go to the bank. They are serving a purpose.
“We will regulate, identify and deal with the criminal among them. But we won’t just ban Okada because another state bans them. They’re filling a vacuum and you don’t take legitimate people out of business. If we ban them, what next?”