Okada Ban in Ebonyi, Irrevocable,says Gov. Umahi
…Residents suggest alternative combative measures on Covid-19 for govt
By Victor Nwegede
Governor David Nweze Umahi has re-emphasized that the ban on Okada and Motorcycles operatives throughout Ebonyi State is irrevocably in force.
The Governor stated this through the state Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji.
According to him, any okada or motorcycle seen outside or caught would be prosecuted according to Ebonyi State Coronavirus and Other Dangerous(Infectious) Disease and Related Matter Law 005, 2020 and the Okada/Motorcycle might be auctioned.
Umahi stated that the people of Ebonyi State have to understand that his government knows about the poverty index level and that is why the state has not been locked down like some other states in the country.
“Government is so shocked about people complaining about banning of Okada, whereas, should the worst happen God forbid, the entire movement in the state will be locked down. People must see life above business.
“However, to ameliorate the effect of this decision, government is directing all the Okada Unions in the 13 Local Government Areas with evidence of registration and the previous evidence of paying the prescribed IGR fees, to immediately compile their names through the Local Government Chairmen and the Commissioner for Internal Security, Border Peace and Conflict Resolution and submit immediately to the office of the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State.
“This list when we get it will anable government assist them to procure food to enable them and their families to stay indoors. This compilation must reach the office of the Deputy Governor latest 20th April, 2020.
“Note that anyone who is not a registered member of Okada union with evidence of payment of previous IGR will not benefit from this government’s kind gesture”, the Governor unveiled.
An attempt by Daily Newstimes to interact with the indigenes and residents of the state revealed that the ban of the operation of motorcycles in the state has increased hardship and pains, pleading the state government to rather deploy health officers to the boarders to be checking the people’s health condition while crossing over to the state, ensuring that committed security and media officers are working with them to avoid any kind of foul plays during the critical exercise on Covid-19 combative measures and campaigns.