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FG to Ban “Okada” (Commercial Motorcycles) Nationwide?




The use of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as “Okada” may soon be banned nationwide, if the federal government approves a proposal made by the National Council on Transport.

The proposal for the ban was introduced at the council’s annual conference in Enugu State, and has been endorsed by the Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, Punch reports.

According to a statement released by the ministry, the ban was one of the measures being proposed to ensure adequate provision of safe and secure means of transportation in the country.

All the state commissioners of transport as well as directors and officials in the federal and state ministries of transport across the country attended the conference. They were all advised by the council to discourage the use of commercial motorcycles in their respective states, and to adopt safer and more efficient transport systems.

Here’s an excerpt from the statement read at the conference:

All states and the Federal Capital Territory have therefore been advised to establish a public transport system that ensure strict regulation of the operation of public passenger transportation system through a well-articulated management system for enhanced safety, security, effective and efficient service delivery

The states are to also develop master plans for the development of intelligent transport system to facilitate the development and management of their transport operations in line with emerging trends and global best practices.


  1. sasha

    October 27, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Thank God!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Linda

    October 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Lol,what a joke!!really??we have bigger problems to deal with In this country.we already have more than 50% unemployment rate and we do not want to add more to it.the government should be more concerned in creating jobs opportunities and not taking jobs away!!have they thought about how many Nigerians depend on these to feed their families?? First of all before they make this decision,they should provide other job opportunities for them to fall back on.beacause if the the government don’t,I’m pretty sure the crime rate in Nigeria is going to rise and putting every single one of is In great danger..,,

    I don talk my own oo

  3. Oyiza

    October 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

    We have bigger problems in this country than to focus on issues i would rather regard as trivial ….! Before you take away a man’s means of livelihood, you should reasonably have provided another one….this government obviously doesn’t seem to understand the type of problems inherent in this country…with the okada in use, their is still unemployment , there are graduates who are okada riders, what’s going to happen when you take these okada off our streets? I see this as a means of increasing the crime rate in our country.

  4. benny

    October 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

    This minister must really hate Mr President to think up this travesty at a time like this. Okadas are safer and more efficient than Kekes. If u have witnessed a keke accident, u will attest to this. Just quit!

    • Alert!

      October 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Are you kidding me?? Okadas are safer ke? Okada riders are a bigger nuisance and I have seen the worst accidents with okadas!

    • benny

      October 27, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Have you seen a keke and okada collide? These kekes are light as hell. Small touch, it is up in the air. Okadas constitute a nuisance so u collect okada and give the same reckless people a lighter, unbalanced vehicle. It is the same group that transfer to driving keke o. The day I saw keke and okada collision and saw how that thing flew from small touch. Not to mention keke and bigger vehicles.

  5. Chuckleberry

    October 27, 2014 at 11:29 am

    What alternative is the government putting in place to cushion the effect this will have on the masses ? I have a car and I can move around but is that the case with every other person ? As annoying as okadas may be they serve a large number of people. There are streets where you would rather take okada than drive your car in there. There should be a well thought out plan for this action.

  6. jake ro

    October 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    One thing is to ban something , but do you have a system in place to replace it.nigeria having a large population needs train system, metros and bus system.this type of ban can only work when the country has a good system of transportation and roads.the best thing is to put up a strong regulation and monitoring systems for them , until the transportation systems improves cos most of them as it seems rely on that as a source of livelihood.

  7. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    October 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Okada peeps can be huge nuisance but they are a necessity in places like Sokoto without buses in place. The koko na as you’re mounting the thing, tell the driver not to speed. If e resemble stubborn person, you fit add N20 extra as incentive to get him to behave. Works for me everytime. 😉

    LOL @ Benny’s comment

  8. Benson Ossai

    October 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Achaba should be ban from plying the high way but should be left to operate from street to street,because there are some street that you cannot use vehicle except Achaba.More so,Government should please try and create employment for the teeming youths and graduates that are being chuck out every year.The other day when i was going home after work you need to see how this Achaba guy flew up like chan ki chan when he collided with a coming vehicle,the guy was on a one-way running when he was being chased from A.Y.A by the Uniform Personnel for coming to operate inside Abuja.The ban is for the good of everyone the riders and the pedestrians.But government should please provide alternative.

  9. Femme de l'Avenir

    October 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    What I would like to know is, what do the thousands of okada riders become? Take away their source of livelihood and expect them to easily transition into some other non-existent job somewhere? Dear Naija….good intentions, horrible execution.

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