Jos residents fume as Okada riders return to streets

Jos residents fume as Okada riders return to streets

Since 2012, the Plateau Government banned commercial motorcyclists (Okada riders) and regulated the operations of commercial tricycles within Jos and Bukuru metropolise.

The ban on Okada followed a law passed by the House of Assembly and assented to by Jonah Jang, the then governor.

The law banned Okada in Jos and Bukuru axis and also directed tricycle operators to ply only designated routes within the city and operate between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

According to Vanguard, Government cited security concerns for the ban after alleging that motorcyclists were being used as tools to commit most heinous crimes.

The enforcement of the law was greeted with stiff resistance, particularly by those who thought the move was targeted at a particular section of the society, but government stood its grounds and weeded the riders off the streets.

To cushion the hardships to commuters caused by the ban, government-provided buses, taxis and tricycles on loan basis to interested citizens who plied the affected routes.

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