The Anambra State government, Wednesday, reiterated that the ban on commercial motorcycles in major cities of Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia is still in force.
This was contained in a statement issued by the commissioner for information, Mr Paul Nwosu, as part of resolutions reached during the Anambra State Executive Council meeting held at Government House, Awka.
The state, in the statement, regretted the resurgence of Okada riders at hitherto prohibited areas, especially in Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia.
It therefore warned that anyone caught violating the order would be made to face the full wrath of the law. It also expressed regrets over lack of knowledge of road signs by the operators, which increases road mishaps in the state.
According to the statement, “Okada has been fingered severally by law enforcement agents as serving as the conveyor belt through which criminals perpetrate their nefarious activities.”
The statement also ordered that a place like Nnewi where private motorcycles ‘are means of commuting to places of work and business, the riders must wear crash helmets to protect their heads in case of accidents’.
It mandated companies involved in courier services, dispatch services and home deliveries to register with the state Ministry of Transport and have their riders properly kitted up.
ANSEC also frowned at the increasing wave of domestic violence with men and women as victims, warning that ‘anybody that is implicated in a case of domestic violence would henceforth be arrested and tried before a court of competent jurisdiction’.