Kennedy Agyapong the MP for Assin Central and tough-talking politician, , has condemned former President Mahama’s decision to legalise the activities of commercial bike riders.
To the Assin Central legislator, the decision is not in the best interest of the nation, hence expects Ghanaians to kick against it.
Kennedy Agyapong comment comes after the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) promised to make the business, popularly known as ‘Okada’, legal in the country.
Speaking in an interview on Oman FM, Kennedy Agyapong advised Mr Mahama to first allow his children engage in the business. “Why won’t he rather think of something better for the people than legalisation of Okada; does he expect people to graduate from school to engage in Okada business?” he fumed.
Kennedy Agyapong “It is an insult to Ghanaians and I’m surprised people are hailing the decision.”
Meanwhile, the Vice President and Policy Analyst of IMANI Ghana, Kofi Bentil, has backed Mr Mahama’s decision. To Mr Bentil, it is “a major service provider of choice in traffic locked urban areas and underserved rural areas and elsewhere.”
According to him, the Okada business has become a means of sustenance for young people who are unemployed.
Addressing people during his tour of Kpando in the Volta Region, he stated that “our law says okada is illegal, but it is a reality it has come to stay and you can’t stop it. So, I say when we come into office, we legalise it but we will regulate it.”
Anyone interest in pursuing an okada business will be trained and also educated to obey all needed traffic regulations, John Mahama added.
Law on commercial motorbike use
On the use of motorbikes for commercial purposes, Section 128 (1) of the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (Legislative Instrument 2180), states: “The licensing authority shall not register a motorcycle to carry a fare-paying passenger.”
The NDC flagbearer said legalising the operation will give other youths the opportunity to work and also do their business safely.
Review of the law
Meanwhile, in 2019, the governing NPP said it was reviewing the law banning the commercial operation of motorbikes.
The review of the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012, is to determine whether to amend the law to regularise its operations or maintain its current form and punish offenders.
The Minister of Transport, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah had said that the review had become necessary after Okada operations were increasing due to the non-enforcement of the law.