Cross River State Govt reiterates ban on okada in Calabar Metropolis
The Cross River State Government has once again repeated the ban on the operations of commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as OKADA, in the Calabar Metropolis.
This was contained in a release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Emmanuel Ogbeche made available to the media on Monday.
According to the release, the government has noticed the continued return of OKADA operators within the area and strongly disapproves of this.
“In line with the above directive, therefore, the Government has directed Law enforcement officers to arrest any offenders and impound their motorbikes, while the operators are prosecuted.
“All OKADA riders are urged to adhere to this instruction, as no exceptions will be granted to any individual”
Additionally, the State Government is deeply concerned about the activities of vandals. It is important to note that the vandalization of critical public assets and installations is a criminal offense.
“Governor Bassey Otu has therefore instructed the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other security agencies to closely monitor and prevent the activities of these vandals. They aim to protect critical national and state assets and installations”
“We appeal to all residents to cooperate with the authorities in enforcing these measures. Let us work together to create a safer environment for all” the statement reads in parts.