President of the Okada Riders Association, Michael Kofi Owusu has disclosed the number of people the illegal commercial use of motorbikes has employed and why it must be legalized as promised by Former President John Dramani Mahama.
According to him, the Okada business has directly given employment to over 800,000 teeming youths of the country who hitherto had nothing meaningful doing. He backed the call for the immediate legalization of the trade.
In an exclusive interview with Samuel Eshun on the Happy Morning Show, Mr Kofi Owusu gave reasons why a call for the legalization of Okada is legitimate.
“Personally ,I was a dispatch rider in a company. However the company collapsed and I used the opportunity to venture into the Okada business. So I can say I have a little training.
I received training from a man who trains motor riders at Dansoman.You are taught how to move and follow regulations among other things.
If I can take my wife and family then why should I not charge for others. I am helping people get to their destination and that is it. I have to make money”.
When we go to the hospital and they [health workers] get to know that the person involved in an accident is a rider,all hospitals decide not to care for the person.
We should be made to legally operate. We should put politics aside and do well for us[Okada Riders]. We plead with them to champion this agenda and help us as a country grow”
The flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Maham, has said he will legalize Okada should he win the 2020 general election in December and this piece of news has been received by the association as welcoming.
The argument of the Okada has moved from a safety issue to a means of livelihood debate and how it can be protected.