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Govt mini-cars for ‘okada’ riders, others: Here are the modalities

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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is expected to officially launch the initiative this month

Modalities have been released for potential beneficiaries of the government’s CODA Drive Initiative, a programme under the Coastal Development Authority (CODA).

Under the initiative, Bajaj Qute vehicles have been purchased and are set to be given under a financing arrangement to individuals and small businesses as part of livelihood improvement and empowerment drive.

The Coastal Development Zone is also looking at using the mini-cars to help phase out the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes within the major city centers, a business known in local parlance as ‘okada.’

The Coastal Development Zone comprises the Oti, Volta, Greater Accra, Central, Western and Western North regions.

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia is expected to officially launch the initiative later this month. The okada debate formed a major plank of the New Patriotic Party’s 2020 campaign with the government kicking against its legalization as against the National Democratic Congress’ promise to legalize the trade.

CODA has recently released modalities for the purchase and payment of the quadricycles spanning five major areas.

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