Government will not legalise okada - Transport Minister-designate

The Minister-designate of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has told Parliament’s Appointments Committee that it will not spearhead the legalisation of the use of motorbikes for passenger transport.

“We will not be able to legalise okada today because the numbers are not pointing in the direction that we should”, Mr Asiamah told the Committee during his vetting on Tuesday, 23 February 2021.

According to him, “considering the fact that enforcement is a problem in this country based on the current information on the grounds, it will be difficult for me to spearhead the legalisation of okada.”

In the lead-up to the 7 December 2020 polls, former President John Mahama promised to legalise Okada if he won the election.

Okada serves as the main means of transport for so many communities in the remotest and rural parts of the country such as northern Ghana. They are also popular in big cities due to the convenience they afford users in terms of beating traffic.

It has been the source of livelihood for many people in the country.