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President Nana Akufo-Addo has called populist, former President John Mahama’s promise to legalise the use of motorbikes for business (Okada).
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) recently pledged the Okada business, though not acknowledged by legislation, has created more work for Ghanaians than the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) and the Young People Employment Agency (YEA) created, hence he does not understand why the transportation business has actually been branded unlawful.
Defending his guarantee to legalise the industrial motorbike transportation system must he win the 2020 polls, Mr Mahama said in an interview with TELEVISION XYZ on Sunday, 23 August that: “This has come to stay”.
“Whether you legalise it or not, you cannot stop it and, so, why behave like the ostrich and bury your head in the sand.
“These Okadas have created more jobs in this economy than any government job-related policy.” We should have the ability to recognize that this is a commercial bike so that we can ensure that t
“It has created more jobs than NABCo, it has created more jobs than YEA and all those artificial job creation programmes”, Mr Mahama insisted.
According to him, “Whether you legalise it or not, you cannot stop it and, so, why behave like the ostrich and bury your head in the sand.
“These Okadas have created more jobs in this economy than any government job-related policy.
“It has created more jobs than NABCo, it has created more jobs than YEA and all those artificial job creation programmes”, Mr Mahama
“And like I said, whether we like it or not, that transport segment of boys riding motorbikes for a living, especially in the rural areas where people cannot afford to buy cars and run regular transport services it is the motorcycles that transport everything from goods to human beings, and it has come to stay.”
Talking on Accra-based Oman FM on Mr Mahama’s Okada promise, President Akufo-Addo said: “A law was made during the Mills/Mahama era [against Okada]. Today he [Mr Mahama] has changed his mind”.
“He said he is going to legalise it. How can that provide more jobs than NaBCo and Planting for foods and jobs?” Mr Akufo-Addo questioned.
To him: “We have provided over two million jobs with these social intervention initiatives”.
“So, how can you say that okada will provide more jobs?”the President said, adding: “It is just populist and another sign of inconsistency: when you are in power, you say one thing and when you are out of power, you say something else”.
“It doesn’t help in creating better public discourse,”. Akufo-Addo said.
Source: Ghana Waves