Commercial motorcycles, most popularly called Okada, may soon become a history as a means of transportation in Nigeria. Its ban, proposed by the National Council on Transport, which met for its annual conference in Enugu State, last Saturday, is to ensure public safety and security. The proposal, approved by Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, prompted an advice by the latter’s ministry, Saturday evening, to states on need “to establish a public transport system that ensure strict regulation…through a well-articulated management system for enhanced safety, security, effective and efficient service delivery.”
The Federal Transport Ministry also urged them to “develop master plans for the development of intelligent transport system to facilitate the development and management of their transport operations in line with emerging trends and global best practices.”
Both the transport council and the ministry asked states to discourage the use of motorcycles for passenger transportation system, and to ensure proper and periodic registration, enumeration of commercial vehicles for safety and security.