We will Train Okada Riders, Introduce Electric Motorbikes and Legalise Okada Business When we Come into Power – Mahama

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Additionally, he aims to introduce electric motorbikes for commercial purposes and implement training programs for riders to ensure effective regulation of the industry.

Despite their current illegality, motorbikes and tricycles are extensively utilized for commercial purposes nationwide, particularly in rural areas where they serve as the predominant means of transportation.

During a conversation with residents of Worawora in the Biakoye Constituency of the Oti Region, Mr Mahama stated, “If we come into power, we will legalise okada business. We will train you on how to go about the business, being able to ride the motorbikes alone does not make you a commercial rider. We will register all of you so your operation can be regulated.”

He added “There are electric motorbikes which run on electricity. Once you charge it at night, you are good to go. It consumes less electricity and it is better than using fuel. We will introduce them if we come to power.”

In September 2020, Mr. Mahama declared that if elected in the December elections, his administration would acquire motorcycles to bolster the commercial transport industry.

He emphasized providing support to riders through diverse payment structures to foster long-term individual ownership of vehicles, thereby boosting employment opportunities in the nation.

His position echoed the party’s manifesto, which advocated for the legalization of the ‘Okada’ business. Nevertheless, Mr. Mahama’s proposal to formalize the business faced opposition from the NPP government.


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