The Kwara State Government has announced the introduction of uniform for all commercial motorcyclists operating in the state. This measure was as a result of the ban on the motorcycles, in some parts of Lagos State.
Suleiman Rotimi, the state Commissioner for Works, during a strategic meeting with members of the joint Okada riders, made it known that the Okada riders would now pay road tax to the government.
Having observed the invasion of illegal riders into Ilorin (the state capital), a statement signed by the Ministry of Works, Press Secretary, Hajia Mansura Amuda-Kannike, on Saturday, emphasized the need for joint Okada riders union to strengthen security among their members.
The statement added, “Rotimi mentioned that as part of strategies to improve security, a census of all joint Okada riders would be conducted and population of registered Okada riders would be ascertained.
“Equally, the commissioner stressed the need for road tax payment and urged the riders to fashion out a realistic amount and mode of collection.”
Rotimi emphasised that the whole body of Okada riders in the state would be issued identification cards with bar code and new single uniforms as well as stickers to aid easy identification and planning.
The commissioner assured them of the government’s willingness and readiness to collaborate with financial institutions to facilitate social investment scheme in the form of loan that would further boost the transport business in the state.