Cross Rivers Govt Bans ‘Okada’ Activities in Calabar

Governor Bassey Otu of Cross Rivers has placed a ban on the activities of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada in the state.Otu said those willing to use their motorcycles for commercial purposes should restrict their activities to remote areas.In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Ogbeche, the governor said the decision was taken after consultation with Security Chiefs in the state.“A total ban on the activities of all commercial motorcyclists within the Calabar metropolis.“Those willing to use their motorcycles to earn a decent living are restricted only to remote areas away from the city centre.“Anyone caught going against this directive will have the motorcycle impounded and the offender prosecuted,” the statement reads partly.