E/R: Confusion Erupts As Chief Stops Okada Riders From Operating

E/R: Confusion Erupts As Chief Stops Okada Riders From Operating



There is confusion at the Akyem Akroso in the Eastern Region after the Chief, Elders, Assembly members, and Unit community placed a moratorium on commercial motorbike operation that took effect today Tuesday. The temporal prohibition was a decision taken on Sunday, August 8, 2021, by Akyem Akroso Traditional Council


and other stakeholders to bring sanity into the okada operations following an increasing spate of reckless ridding resulting in rampant knockdowns of pedestrians and fatal crashes. The prohibition has also however left many passengers who depend on Okada as means of transport stranded particularly today being a market



day in the community. Pregnant women and nursing mothers expected to attend antenatal and postnatal care from their farming Communities have also been affected. Akyem Akroso is one of the enclaves where the Okada transportation booms in the Eastern region largely due to poor roads. The Chief of Akyem Akroso



Nana Kwabena Ofori II told said, the decision has been necessary to bring sanity, discipline, and law and order among the Okada riders. He said, majority of the Okada riders operating in the community are also under age children while others do not have license neither their motorbikes registered and insured, however, also ride



recklessly on the road injuring and then killing innocent pedestrians. Most of the Okada riders too in this very community are 12 and 14 year olds. Their motorbikes are not registered, they also don’t have license. Always engaging in hit and run riding. Three days ago since we started prohibiting their operations, they have knocked



down four persons in this town. so we don’t want any okada in Akroso. We will not allow them to operate to kill us ” Nana Kwabena Ofori II said. An Assembly member in the community Eric Fosu Odartey said the decision has been timely to save lives. It is a decision we have taken. There is no discipline among the Okada



riders. These children have also dropped out of school engaging in Okada. The decision we took on Sunday is to ensure that we use the right channel; if you are not up to the qualified age, you also don’t have license, your motorbike too is not registered and we won’t allow you to operate. Bediako Benjamin, one of the leaders of the Okada riders says the decision has been embraced and



therefore were also moving round to clamp down on recalcitrant riders who attempt to defy the orders of the traditional council. He said a meeting will be held with Traditional Council on Wednesday for clear modalities to be spelled out for them to follow to bring sanity to the Okada operation which he admitted has also been dented with reckless and indiscipline.