The dawn of 1st November 2012 brought disappointment to the people of the state capital, Asaba and left them stranded while looking for motor to convey them to their destination for their daily activities..this was as a result of the state governor Dr Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan placing a ban on all commercial motor cyclists popularly known as okada operating in the state capital with effect from 1st November 2012.reports gathered from eyewitness stated that these okadas were not only impounded from commercial operators but these operators were also arrested by security operatives and bail was placed at fifty thousand naira per rider.
Bystanders sympathised on behalf of these motorcyclists arrested…lamenting on how these victims would feed their families. most of them lamented on how crime rate would be on the increase due to loss of source of livelihood. this bring to mind the question..
ON WHAT GROUNDS/CRITERIA WAS GOVERNOR EMMANUEL UDUGHAN AWARDED THE BEST GOVERNOR BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN??
Taking a look at the bad condition of the roads in the state capital would lead of to ask the question.. if the road condition in the state capital is in dire condition, then what would one say of the roads in the rural areas??
It was gathered that not too long ago..the state governor purchased some motorised tricycles(keke napep) for commercial purpose which many of them were taken down to warri leaving only a few in to tackle the transport challenges in Asaba .these keke napep cost as much as three hundred thousand naira.
The Governor should through the commissioner of Transport should have put certain plans on ground before enacting this law/ban on okada riding so as to be able to tackle this challenges arising by
-Giving a time frame of six months so that the people would be well informed.
-popular enlighting of the people through the media on the ban and why the ban.
-Plan access routes/bus stops for the motorized tricycles to operate through.
-Provide enough motorised tricycles to meet the people’s expectation.
With this, the people would be well informed and would take appropriate steps/measures to adjust to this development.
Written by Onyeka Elue