Delta state government has banned the use of commercial motorcycles, otherwise known as “Okada” as a means of transportation within the state capital territory.
The state government also banned scrap metal scavenging, otherwise known as ‘iron condemn’, in the state capital, Asaba.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kingsley Emu, who spoke to reporters in Asaba, said the ban became necessary due high crime rate committed with Okada and reported cases of vandalism of public facilities by the scavengers.

He said the ban would take effect May 25 but strict enforcement would commence June 1, 2024.

The SSG clarified that the ban implied that no ‘iron condemn’ cart pusher would operate in any part of the State Capital Territory after May 31, 2024, adding that commercial motorcycle operations had also been prohibited in some parts of the Capital Territory not covered by the earlier ban.

He said an adequate sensitization campaign would be embarked upon before enforcement, adding that the ban was not targeted at any particular tribe, but in the interest of peace and security.

He said: “The biggest news on traffic regulations is the ban or prohibition of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, effective tomorrow. All Okada riders in Delta State capital territory area, all the streets, are banned forthwith.

May 24, 2024

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