By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI â€” THE Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor, (Special Duties), Mass Mobilisation, Mr. Solomon Edojah says the state government has no plan to ban Okada as a means of transport in the state and urged okada riders to be ambassadors of the Federal Government’s amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta region.
Edojah, who was speaking yesterday when the officials of the state motorcycle riders association paid him a courtesy visit, said the state governor, Dr, Emmanuel Uduaghan, as a product of the masses, is determined to deal with issues that affect the people.
According to him, the state government is rather poised to alleviate the sufferings of commercial motorcycle riders in the state, adding that the donation of crash helmet to commercial motorcycle riders in the state in the recent pastÂ was a display of the state government determination to address their needs.
Edojah told them to conduct themselves in a such a manner that would earn them respect, adding that the state government would not tolerate any act of irresponsibility from them. He said they should conduct themselves in a manner that would not threaten the peace and security of the state.
Earlier in his speech, the chairman of the union, Comrade Emmanuel Igbogidi said the visit was necessitated by the rumour making the rounds that the state government would soon ban â€œokadaâ€ transport in the state.
While thanking the state government for donating crash helmets in the recent past to â€œokadaâ€ riders in the state, he saidÂ Â the â€œokada business has provided employment for a large number of youths in the state. He added that the banning of â€œokadaâ€ as a means of transport will increase the rate of unemployment in the in the state.