National Democratic Congress flag bearer John Dramani Mahama argued in August 2020 that the okada company created more jobs in the country than the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) program implemented by the NPP.
Ahead of the December 7 election, Mahama vowed to legalize the use of okada when he was elected president.
Speaking in an interview on Woesor TV, he said: “Why behave like a turkey and put your head in the sand? These pragyas, Aboboyaa, okadas have created more jobs in this economy than any government employment policy. He created more jobs than NaBCo, YEA and all those artificial job creation programs… ”
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Former President John Dramani Mahama insisted that the famous Okada company, illegal under the country’s laws, created more jobs than the recently implemented NaBCo.
The former executive who in a recent speech to residents of Kpando in the Volta region pledged to legalize the dreaded company has faced public scrutiny for his comments.
But he remains unfazed and resolute as he insisted in a separate interaction that the Okada company has created more job opportunities than any government employment-based program, including the YEA.
The Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo), launched by the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government in May 2018, has targeted over 100,000 unemployed graduates with a monthly stipend of around 700 GHC.
John Mahama, while defending his plan to legalize the unpopular mode of transport in an interview with Woesor TV on Sunday 23 August 2020, said “why behave like turkey and put your head in the sand? These pragyas, Aboboyaa, okadas have created more jobs in this economy than any government employment policy. He created more jobs than NaBCo, YEA and all those artificial job creation programs… ”
Giving the reasons for his new plan, he said those involved in this real line of business were often harassed by Ghana Police Service staff.
Thus, regulating it would prove to be more sustainable and effective because it has come to stay.
He said: “… these young people are living under harassment because it’s illegal and so the police arrest them, they take money away from them and so my suggestion is why do we behave like the ostrich? Let’s legalize it and regulate it, let’s make it safer… ”
Mr. Mahama remarked that as a prelude to the full legalization of the Okada business if elected, those involved must be “trained in the correct riding of a motorcycle … he must take safety precautions … they must not overload the motorcycle… they must identify that it is a commercial motorcycle so that we know they are following the rules… they must obey all traffic regulations… ”
In terms of legal compliance, Mahama said people who flout company rules will have their licenses revoked.
According to him, this “will bring some discipline to the sector”.
Meanwhile, Parliament approved in 2012 a government legislative proposal to adopt the Road Traffic Regulations 2012 (Legislative Instrument 2180) to regulate road transport in the country.
By virtue of this, Articles 128 (1), (2) and (3) of LI 2180 prohibited the use of a motorcycle or a tricycle, or of what was commonly referred to as “Okada” for any purpose. commercial.
However, in March 2019, members of the minority in parliament called for the country’s highway code to be amended to accommodate the Okada company, but this did not materialize.