The Leader and Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr. John Dramani Mahama has pledged to legalize the use of motor bicycles popularly known as “Okada” in Ghana when he is elected the President during the December 2020 polls.
The Former President who was addressing the Chiefs, elders and people of Kpando in the Volta Region of Ghana as part of his campaign tour said, he has recognized the suffering of Ghanaian youths who decided to engage themselves in “Okada business” in order to survive hence, he will make the use of motor bicycles legal and commercial in Ghana.
Mr. John Mahama further promised that, he will review the existing law that prohibit the use of “Okada” in the country when he comes to power again. Adding to that, he said, his next administration will put in place proper measures to effectively regulate the use of Okada operations.
Though, the existing Ghana’s Road Traffic Regulations Act 2012 (L.I 2180) prohibits and bans the use of motor bicycles transport operations, the Former President has assured Ghanaians while interacting with the residents of Kpando on Friday, 21st August, 2020 that, he will amend the Act to legalize “Okada” business.
Below were the real words of John Dramani Mahama while interacting with the residents of Kpando;
“There are many young people who have finished school but cannot find any job, so they look for what they can do. There are many young people you see riding motorcycles and transporting people from place to place. We call it ‘okada’.
“But in our laws, Okada is illegal. But in reality, Okada has become part of us. It has come to stay and you can’t stop it. So I have suggested that when we come into office, we will legalize Okada but we will regulate it.”
“We will regulate it and give them the necessary training so they are able to conduct their business in a safe manner. They must obey all the traffic regulations in order to be able to go about their profession,” he said.