The Kwara State Government has reiterated its commitment to properly regulate the activities of motorcyclists and tricyclists, popularly known as Okada riders and Keke drivers respectively, in the State by embarking on the enforcement of uniforms for them.
The state described the move as part of its strategies to ensure orderliness and strengthen security of lives and properties in the state.
This comes in the wake of influx of more commercial motorcyclists (Okada) and Marwa into the state after the recent partial ban in Lagos State.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Mr Temi Kolawole, the Secretary, Kwara State Transport Sanitization Committee
The statement continued, “Consequently, the Kwara State Government has introduced identity uniforms with security features for commercial Okada and Marwa riders in the state. These identity uniforms are at zero cost to the riders or their associations.
“Effective from August 1, 2022, riders without these security-enabled identity uniforms will not be allowed in the state. Please note also that it is unlawful to write additional names or numbers on these uniforms as defaulters will face appropriate sanctions.
“This is so that no one is allowed to use the sector as a smokescreen to perpetrate evils of any kind in the State of Harmony.
“These approved security measures are as recommended by the Kwara State Transport Sanitization Committee.
“The Committee, which was setup in June 2021, has been working on data capture and issuance of riders’ Jacket (Uniform) to properly identify all operators within the transport sector and ensure that all operators are fully enumerated to enable the State have an overview of the best way to make this important sector key into the various developmental programmes of the State.
“Members of the public within the transport sector who wish to carry out their legitimate activities are advised to present themselves for biometrics and collection of uniforms and which will lead to the issuance of identity cards that assign unique identity to each rider.
“Government strongly believes that security of lives and security is its number one priority; therefore, its relationship with all persons and entities in the State shall be so guided. To that extent, the government has resolved to bring all categories of riders in the State under one recognized Union of Okada Riders Association of Nigeria (ORAN) to allow for proper management, monitoring, and public safety.
“We similarly frown at the falsehood that the state government mandated the purchase and use of Face Caps on Okada and Keke Napep riders in the State. This is not true and should be discountenanced.
“For emphasis, uniforms are being issued out to persons in this sector by the State are free. The government is therefore not party to anything that exploits anyone whatsoever.
“Members of the public are enjoined to be wary of swindlers and enemies of peace who may parade themselves as either government agents or spokespersons.
“Kwara State Government recognises the law abiding and peace-loving Okada and Keke Napep operators as major stakeholders in the transport sector and will always work with them to ensure easy movement of people, goods and services under a secure atmosphere.”