The National President of the Okada Riders Association of Ghana Michael Kofi Owusu has indicated that,the business has aided in minimizing the number of robbery cases recorded in the country.
According to him, some young people who would have resorted to social vices as a result of unemployment are now engaged in the business to earn a living for themselves and their families.
Mr. Kofi Owusu said they are excited over the promise by former President John Mahama to legalise their operations and they are strongly behind him in that regard.
“When was the last time we recorded armed robbery in this country? It is because of this job. A lot of the young people are now doing this job for a living We are not waiting on government to provide jobs for us. We have created our employment”
He said the claim of accidents associated with the business will be eliminated if they are licensed and regulated properly.He further stressed on voting for John Mahama in the December election.
“Some of us are happy about the promise by Mr Mahama about legalising okada and we’ll vote for him to come back to power so he does it for us. When okada is legalised, we won’t be riding in haste and also be running from the police. When the police arrest you, you either pay GHc50 or GHc100 after being delayed for a long time”
“If it’s only about accidents that’s why they don’t want to legalise okada then I’m sorry because there so many accidents in this country that do not concern okada”.
Paa Kweku Eshun Talksafrica.com