Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State
By Christopher Isiguzo
Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State Tuesdaysigned a bill banning the operations of commercial motorcycles otherwise known as Okada within the Enugu metropolis into law.
While signing the bill into law, Chime noted that the law was aimed at checkmating the activities of men of the underworld and ultimately protect lives and property of the people.
The law prescribes one year imprisonment without any option of fine for violators.
According to him, “the House of Assembly Tuesday passed the bill and we’ve enacted the law whose primary goal is the protection of lives and property of our people. This exercise, effectively, bans the use of motorcycles, otherwise known as Okada within the Enugu metropolis.
“As a government, we made efforts to streamline the operations of the genuine operators but these efforts, unfortunately, had not been fruitful because crime rate rose and most of the crimes were facilitated by the use of motorcycles by other evil-minded persons.
“It got so bad that the law enforcement agents officially requested the ban of motorcycles because of the menace of the men of the underworld who have been using them to perpetrate their crimes. As a responsive and responsible government, we have enacted this law in the best interest of all of us.”
Chime also enjoined the people to embrace other means of transportation available in the city. In the past few years, government injected over 700 taxis in the metropolis in addition to tens of hundreds by the private sector as well as the Coal City shuttle and other buses.
We regret any inconveniences this ban may cause the commuters but it had to be taken in the best interest of all of us.”
“So, we plead with our people to obey the law as we also urge the law enforcement agents to, please, ensure strict enforcement of the law in our overall interest.”