The Transport Minister, Kwasi Ofori Asiamah, states the government has actually started stakeholder assessments to come to a decision on whether to legalize the commercial use bikes or to keep the law that bans it.
“We as a government know that this is a matter that we need to take our time to confront the people, come out with their views and that, will determine the law that should be put in place,” Mr Asiamah mentioned.
According to him, the legislations are meant to be changed when needed depending on the times including if modifying the legislation will be a better alternative, government will certainly not be reluctant to do so.
This comes after John Mahama assured that his government will certainly legalize the commercial operation of motorcycles commonly referred to as Okada if elected into power in 2021.
According to him, the Okada business has become a means of employment for youths that are unemployed.
His remarks has received mixed reactions from Ghanaians with others throwing their support behind it while others asked for the application of the legislation prohibiting okada.
Vice-President of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil included his voice to the section of the public that is supporting for the legalization of the commercial use motorcycles.
He claimed if government is not prepared to “legalise and properly regulate this important transport and economically viable sub sector, then they are not prepared to run a country like Ghana”.
However responding to the pledge, the Motor Transport and Traffic Department, MTTD, stated it will be difficult to manage the commercial use motorcycles.
The Head of MTTD Alexander Obeng said there are various other aspects to take into consideration including the training of police workers to implement the law, release as well as others.
Source: Ghana Waves