Government says it will not legalise Okada business in the country.
Okada is the use of motorcycles for commercial passenger services.
This was disclosed by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
Speaking at the strategic collaboration of Volkswagon & Blackivy to launch Volkswagon’s new assembled cars in Ghana on Wednesday, 16 September 2020,“ Dr Bawumia said: “I know that there’s been a recent discussion about Okada in Ghana, I think that in the context of what we are doing we will rather encourage the okada riders to come in and try to lease these vehicles so that they can run businesses.
“They need to graduate from this risky and less safe okada riding to a safer means of transportation.
“Their problem will be a lack of capital but if you bring in new leasing policies and we have our national ID cards with our digital addresses we can have a credit system working and give you an option other than this risky job.
“You don’t want to finish driving school and then make a life in Okada riding.
“You can have a better option and we’ll give you a better option.
“So, yes, we will not legalise Okada business. It may be a tough decision but it is in the interest of Ghanaians.
“We have had discussions but we will stick to our decision to provide a better alternative to okada riding. Let’s give them an opportunity to lease vehicles and pay over time.”
Meanwhile, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its flagbearer John Mahama has promised to legalise the business if voted for in the December polls.
Okada riders have, thus, rallied their support for the NDC and Mr Mahama.