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General News of Monday, 6 August 2018


Okada business has reduced crime in Ashaiman – MP

Some Okada riders in Accra Some Okada riders in Accra

The Member of Parliament for Ashaiman, Ernest Henry Norgbey, has challenged the Traffic Offences Act LI 2180 that prohibits the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes.

According to the lawmaker, there is no law banning the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes.

Mr Norgbey who is also a member of the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament said this in an interview with Class News in responds to proposals by the Ashaiman Divisional Commander of the Motor Traffic Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service asking parliament to promulgate laws that will permit the police to use motorbikes that are impounded for okada purposes as a deterrent rather than placing a fine on them.

According to Mr Norgbey, the police haven recorded zero case of armed robbery in the municipality in the last one month is largely due to the high rate of okada business within the area.

He said: “If you want to clump down on okada riders, you have to create opportunities for the people. I maintain that the okada riding in Ashaiman can never be stopped and I say this passionately.

“You cannot stop it while you don’t create any opportunity for the people. You want to increase the crime rate when you stop it, so as the MP for the constituency, I’ll never support the Chief Executive or the Divisional Commander to say that, they should stop okada riding.

“Let them work, regularise their operations, make sure they do what is required by law. As we speak, now there is no law banning okada riding in the community, I can tell you for a fact, there is no law.

“Why are we saying armed robbery has reduced in the municipality? It is because they have engaged themselves into doing something, it is because we have an increased rate of okada riding in the community.”