Commercial Motor Riders, also known as ‘Okada’ riders in the country, are calling on the government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), specifically Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to come out and explain why they have refused to provide the vehicles promised to them four months after winning the 2020 election.
According to the riders, they have been left to their fate in the business as they continue to face police pressure because the ‘Okada’ business is not legalized.
During the 2020 campaign, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) promised to legalize and control the ‘Okada’ business.
However, the NPP-Government, particularly Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who refused to agree to the commercialization of the ‘Okada’ business, promised to get the riders mini cars as well as employment opportunities in various sectors to provide them with some form of livelihood in a safer environment, as the ‘Okada’ business is seen as risky.
However, four months after the NPP was elected, the Okada riders claim the Vice President has remained silent on the issue.
Speaking to Abena Dufie Asare Agyepong on Atinka TV’s morning show, Mohammed Apambila, National President of the Okada Riders Association of Ghana, said the police were still stopping and arresting them because the business was not legalized.
He claims that riders are sometimes forced to pay a fee to the police in order for them not to seize their motorcycles.
Those who are unlucky, he says, have their motorcycles taken to police stations, while the riders are taken to court.
The Association says it will first confront the NPP’s National Organizer, Samuel Awuku, and the Party’s Greater Accra Regional Youth Organiser, Moses Abor, to hold them accountable for the promises they made to them at the Nkrumah Circle, dubbed “Circle Dubai,” before the election.
“We want the NPP-Government to know that when they needed us, we were there for them. When they promised us vehicles, we were happy about it and voted for them but after the election, they have neglected us,” he said.
He added that, “We want to tell them to fulfill their promise, so that tomorrow when they give us direction, we will follow it.”
For his part, the Vice President of the Okada Riders Association, Yussif Sumani also added, “They promised us cars and after voting for them, we want to know where the cars are?”