Okada Booms In Accra Transport Ministry, Police In Blame Game

The use of “Okada” for commercial purpose has become a huge business which is competing with commercial vehicles in the Accra metropolis.

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Despite efforts by the police to clamp down on the Okada business, it is obvious that motorbikes used for commercial purposes have become a booming venture which is gradually engulfing the Accra metropolis and other regions.

Currently, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has banned the use of motorbikes for commercial purposes in the country, however, this seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

The Ministry of Transport and the police are embroiled in a blame game over the booming Okada business in Accra.

While the police are making effort to fight the menace, Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor blamed the police for relenting in their effort to enforce the law banning the use of Okada in the country.

The Commander of the Accra Central Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Chief Superintendent Anderson Fosu-Ackaah, debunked any suggestions that the police were not up to the task.

He told the Daily Graphic that Okada remained an illegal business, as stipulated in the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012.

Chief Supt Fosu-Ackaah, therefore, said the police had not relented in their efforts to arrest the perpetrators to discourage the business.

For instance, he said policemen from the MTTD arrested some Okada riders in some parts of Accra a week ago.

"The fight against Okada is on. Even last week we made some arrests," he said.

However, Mrs Attivor blamed the police for allowing the Okada business to go on, in spite of the passage of the law banning the practice in 2012.

Mrs Attivor, therefore, tasked the police to ensure the enforcement of the law to stop the Okada business.

“The law has been passed, those in charge of its enforcement should enforce it,” she said.

The increased presence of Okada riders in the central business district of Accra has made some people to suggest that the police have lost the fight against Okada.

He said policemen knew the sanctions that would be meted out to them if they were found involved in the Okada business.

Some of the motorbikes used for the business are not registered, while others use the number plates of vehicles.

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