By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka



Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Uju Nwogu, on Friday, June 26, 2015, re-stated that the state government has not banned the operation of private and commercial motorcyclists, popularly called, Okada, from operating in the state.

Nwogu stated that what the state government did was to restrict them from plying a few routes in the capital city of Awka, as well as the commercial centres of Onitsha and Nnewi.

She listed the routes to which the restriction applies in Awka as only the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, Arthur Eze Avenue and Zik’s Avenue.

For Onitsha, she stated that the streets under restriction are Onitsha-Owerri Expressway, Awka Road, Borromeo-Upper Iweka-Bridge Head Road, Old and New Market Roads and Oguta Road. At Nnewi, she pointed out that private and commercial motorcyclists were only restricted from operating along Nnewi- Nnobi Road and Nnewi – Oba Road.

Nwogu also disclosed that the state had been in continuous dialogue with various stakeholder groups to ensure the success of the restriction.

She debunked the rumour that the state government may have decided to ban Okada riders who are indigenes of other states.

The commissioner pointed out that “Anambra State is a member of the Nigerian Federation and subject to all the laws of the federation.”

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