Niger Bans Motorcycle Operators In Minna

The Niger state government has announced the banning of the operations of commercial motorcyclists popularly called Okada in Minna, the state capital.

In a statement signed by the chief press secretary to the governor, Danladi Ndayebo, the government noted that adequate arrangements had been made to cushion the effect of the ban.

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It also added that the state ministry of transportation had taken full delivery of 1000 units of Mahindra Tricycles in addition to 8 units of 18-seater buses and 12 units of 100 capacity Bus Rapid Transport, BRT, buses that have already been put on the roads to ease transportation problems in the state capital.

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Enforcement of the law would commence from January 2, 2014.

Ndayebo dismissed concerns that motorcycle operators would be put out of job as a consequence of the ban, saying that the newly purchased tricycles would be distributed to okada operators through the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria, ACOMORAN.

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