The Okada Riders Association of Ghana has characterized the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as dishonest and uncertain in the legalization of the Okada transport business.
The Association explained that, the Akufo-Addo administration and the NPP have not clearly declared their stance on the legalization of the Okada business like their main oppostion, NDC.
“While we can state the position of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) with certainty, we cannot do the same for the governing party without highlighting the flip-flop accounts of leading members of government before settling on what to do with Okada,” they said.
Confused by some contradictory statements, the Okada Riders Association shed light on statements made by the vice president, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia and the transport and information ministries which show the uncertainty of the NPP in the matter.
“It came as a surprise to many, days after the President and his Vice, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia had stated that the NPP was indifferent to legalising Okada, the Transport and Information ministries came out to say it had been part of the government’s plans to legalize our operations,” the group criticised.
Kwaku Katei Nathaniel, the deputy National Coordinator of the association at a press conference disclosed that, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia’s promise of rolling out a policy that would enable them to swap their motorcycles with VW cars is a clear indication the NPP does not appreciate the need to legalize the Okada trade.
“The Vice President says the NPP government, when given a second term mandate, will roll out a policy that will enable us to swap our motorcycles with Volkswagen (VW) cars,
This is one of the laughable items in the wish list of Dr Bawumia and the NPP. A promise like this is a clear indication that the NPP bigwigs do not appreciate the need for Okada legalisation,” he said.
The Deputy National coordinator mentioned that the VW cars will worsen the traffic situation and deprive people living in rural areas their only means of transportation.
“Our cities are congested so when you promise to give each Okada rider a VW car, it will worsen the already uncomfortable traffic situation in Ghana.
“Secondly, people living in places in rural areas where only Okada can go would be deprived of their means of transportation if the Vice President’s promise is actualized,” he explained.