By Henry Umoru
ABUJAâ€”MINISTER of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero is set to reverse the policy of his predecessor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai by bringing back to the streets of Abuja, commercial motor cycles popularly called â€˜Okadaâ€™.
The Minister who spoke through the Secretary, Transport Secretariat of the FCTA, Segun Awolowo weekend in Abuja, explained that there was the need to re-introduce commercial motorcyclists into the city to encourage speedy economic growth.
â€œWhatever we are doing, we must face the reality on ground because it is more economical to use Okada. Not all Nigerians can afford the luxury of paying for taxiesâ€, he said. It would be recalled that El-Rufai on 1st October 2006 ordered all commercial motorcyclists out of the Federal Capital City, FCC, where he stated that they were constituting nuisance, making it difficult for people to drive well in a capital city that was competing favourably with other big cities of the world.
According to him, the sacking of Okada from the streets of Abuja would help reduce cases of accidents and crime rates. To make it work, as at January, 2007, the VIO impounded about 5,000 motorcycles, 2,255 motorcycles were seized in October, 396 in November and 450 in December 2006 while over 500 arrests were made in January 2007.