We don’t have capacity to cope with influx of Lagos Okada riders ,says Abiodun

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Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Wednesday said the doors of the state is not open for Okada riders banned from Lagos or any other neighbouring states.
The governor insisted that the state cannot accommodate the Okada riders whose operations were recently restricted by the Lagos State government.

He maintained that the doors of the state is only open for genuine businessmen and foreign investors to take advantage of the proximity of the Gateway State to the nation’s commecial and biggest market.

Abiodun in a statement by his Special Adviser on Public Communications, Remmy Hazzan noted that Okada operation is fraught with many challenges including security challenges.

He added that the challenges have led to the reason their operations have either been totally banned or restricted in many parts of the country.

PLATFORM TIMES however recalled that the Chairman Caretaker Committee on Transportation in the State, Barrister Femi Adeniyi, was on Monday reported to have assured the motorcyclists who have been relocating to the State following the ban placed on them of adequate accommodation.

But, the governor in the statement insisted that nobody has been authorised to speak on the issue on its behalf.

He added that Ogun State does not have the capacity to cope with the menace and security challenges the influx of the Okada operators from Lagos and any other neighbouring state would pose.

He said the deplying motorcycles for commercial operation is not in the schedule of the National Transportation policy.

He disclosed that adding that the Ogun State government is already looking into the issue with a view to coming out with a clear policy direction.

Part of the statement reads, “as the state with the largest industrial base, Ogun State will continue to welcome more investors.

“The present administration, in its determination to further enhance the status of the state as the most industrialised, has put in place policies that would attract more businesses home and abroad.

“Governor Dapo Abiodun has been meeting with potential investors in the country and even travelled abroad in his efforts to attract more investors into the state.”

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