Motorcycle ridders faces ban in Nasarawa - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Saturday, December 17, 2022

Motorcycle ridders faces ban in Nasarawa

Nasarawa State  government   has threatened to ban  operation of motorcycle  ridders popularly called Okada in the  state even as 28 were arrested for violating the sanitation laws.

State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Kwanta Yakubu   issued the threat  in an interview with journalists shortly  after monitoring the monthly sanitation exercise in Lafia, the state capital Saturday..

The Commissioner who was represented by the Chief Environmental Officer of the Ministry,  Abubakar Mohammed, said  government was reviewing the activities of the motorcycle ridders in the state due to the negative  effect the operation of the Okada ridders was impacting on the residents in the state.

He  announced that government  would soon make it's  decision known adding that  those arrested were found conveying passengers from one point  to the other during the sanitation exercise in deviant to the sanitation laws in the state.

"We  are currently reviewing the activities of the motorcycle ridders in the state and government will soon make it's decision known. We went on a house to house,  street to street  to ensure sanitation enforcement,  and what we discovered was that all residents, shop owners and motorists complied to the exercise. 
" Commercial motorcyclists were found moving  around with passengers and we  arrested 28 of them and they have  been charged to our mobile court for prosecution. 

The Commissioner explained that the leadership  of the commercial motorcycles association in the state were informed and told to talk to their members to adhere to the State Environmental laws, but they  still violated the saintation laws in the state. 

"If  they continue, we will  have no options than to ban the use of commercial motorcycles in  Nasarawa," the  Commissioner  declared.

While assuring  that the ministry will continue to  enforce the exercise for the benefit of  the people  of the state, Kwanta 
 commended Governor Abdullahi Sule for his commitment towards  ensuring that Nasarawa remains one of the cleaniness states in Nigeria.

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