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Okada Ban: Ebonyi Government will give foodstuffs to only registered riders

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The Ebonyi Government says it plans to supply foodstuffs to registered business motorcyclists (Okada) to cushion the impact of the ban on their operation in the state.

The state authorities on April 11, banned all types of bike using due to the fact ‘okada’ riders carry human beings into the state via unlawful routes with the closure of its boundaries.

Mr Uchenna Orji, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation stated this in a declaration on Monday in Abakaliki.

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Orji directed all ‘Okada’ unions throughout the 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state to bring together the lists of their contributors with proof of registration and charge of fees, for onward submission to government.

“This need to be through the LGA Chairmen and the Commissioner for Border, Peace and Conflict Resolution and be submitted to the workplace of the Deputy Governor.

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“The compilation ought to attain the deputy governor’s workplace today’s April 20, 2020 as the measure will allow the industrial motorcyclists and the their households remain indoors,” he said.

The commissioner stated that non-registered contributors of ‘okada’ unions will no longer benefit from the government’s gesture.

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“The authorities is shocked about complaints over the ban whereas need to the worst happen, actions in the state will be lockdown.

“People have to see existence above enterprise as the authorities has no longer locked down the country like others due to the fact it understands its poverty level,” he said.

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Orji similarly re-iterated in that the ban on okada and bikes for the duration of the state used to be nevertheless in pressure and riders who defaulted will be prosecuted.

“This will be in accordance to the Ebonyi Coronavirus and different Dangerous (Infectious) Diseases and Related Matters Law 005 of 2020.

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“The confiscated bikes may also additionally be auctioned,” he said.(NAN)

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