Common Information of Wednesday, eleven February 2015
Supply: Graphic On-line
The growth within the Okada enterprise all through the nation continues to be a problem of main concern to an excellent variety of Ghanaians.
That is particularly so when using motorbikes for business functions is outlawed.
The follow, regardless of it being illegal, retains growing at a tremendous tempo, making Okada riders seen in all places.
What the Every day Graphic finds shocking is the truth that regardless of the place of the police that they have been on prime of the state of affairs of arresting these concerned within the apply, this has not succeeded in deterring the variety of individuals engaged within the unlawful act.
The truth of the 2 contrasting positions was made evident within the story we carried in yesterday’s difficulty of this paper which showcased the views of the Minister of Transport and that of the police.
Whereas the minister blamed the police for not implementing the regulation, the police, then again, maintained that they have been successfully implementing the regulation by arresting and prosecuting these discovered responsible.
Doubtless, the Okada enterprise has been each a blessing and a curse to the individuals of Ghana.
Its blessings lie in the truth that there are various nooks and crannies within the nation which can’t be accessed by automobiles however Okadas have been very adept at accessing them.
Within the case of rural areas the place the roads are so unmotorable that no driver would try driving his car there, Okadas have are available very useful. Proper right here in Accra and different huge cities the place the visitors state of affairs is all the time dangerous, Okadas have offered a simple avenue for individuals to get to their locations on time.
These blessings however, some Okada drivers have and proceed to be fairly reckless.
They fail to respect street visitors laws and function their very own system by meandering their approach recklessly via visitors, such that one have to be looking out when crossing the street throughout a visitors construct-up.
It’s because Okadas could possibly be meandering their approach via the automobiles on one’s blind aspect and will simply knock an individual down.
Extra so, they’ll by no means cease when the visitors mild turns pink, as they all the time appear to be in a rush greater than anybody.
In comparative phrases, one can’t say that the Okada enterprise is extraordinarily dangerous, since its patronage retains growing, and meaning it’s assembly some helpful societal wants.
If this is so, then a re-assessment have to be taken on the regulation that bans using motorbikes for business functions, reminiscent of methods to manage the apply, in order that security requirements usually are not compromised.
The Every day Graphic advocates stakeholder consultations and deliberations to seek out methods to deal with the unfavorable features that the apply carries as we attempt to promote the advantages that it brings to those that patronise it.