Okada Will Not Be Banned In Oyo But Regulated – Makinde


Seyi Makinde, Oyo state governor, on Saturday, said commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, will not be banned in the State.

His comment came after neighbouring Lagos State banned the motorcycles in parts of its jurisdiction.

In a series of posts on his verified Twitter handle, Makinde said rather than wield the big stick, his administration will seek to regulate the Okada ecosystem.

“We take decisions based on data, science and logic,” he said. “If they ban them in Lagos, how long will it take them to realise the benefits? The situation in Lagos is the same as ours.

“We have no intention of banning Okada. We will regulate them, we will identify them and the criminals will be dealt with.

“I have seen people with their cars jump Okada to go to the bank. They are serving a purpose.

“We have started identity management. If we say ban because Lagos did it, what next? Those riding Okada legitimately you take them out of business.”

The governor also threatened to embark on “No Work, No Pay” policy if striking staff of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso continue to be on strike.

The governor stated this on Saturday while featuring on a program tagged “#EpadeGomina” monitored by our correspondent.

Recall that this medium had, last month, reported that the staff said they are not moved by the school management sudden announcement of resumption of activities, stressing that they are still actively involved in National strike.

While reacting, Governor Seyi Makinde said if the lecturers were sensitive, they should not have joined the industrial action.

According to him, “As of today, their subvention is being withhold. If they don’t go back to school, I won’t pay their subvention.”

“The students must know who to hold accountable. We expect 100 per cent cooperation but some want to play politics.

“We will only pay those who return to their duties. I don’t care whether it’s an election year. I will only do what is right till the last day of the tenure.”

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