The Natural Paramount Ruler of Iwoland, HIM Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi,has admonished the Federal Government of Nigeria, under the leadership of President Muhammed Buhari to rescind the proposed ban of Okada service nationwide.
He described the proposed ban as anti masses that could amount to putting salt to injury.
Oba Akanbi urged the government to device digital regulation of Okada services nationwide and not outright ban.
Oluwo noted the threat Okada service has posed to the country’s security challenge but stated the ban is tantamount to further provoke banditry and thievery.
Oba Akanbi disclosed the ban will heighten the unemployment plaguing the country as he called for a rethink.
He advised Okada service should be controlled for effective identification and monitoring of genuine members for easy disclosure of criminals using the service to constitute threat to our security.
Oba Akanbi described Okada service as essential most especially to areas of no motorable roads. Banning Okada will add to hardship of commutters’ mobility.
A statement by Oluwo through his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, further enjoined Okada riders to conduct themselves orderly with proper means of identification.
“Doing such assist the security operatives in checkmating insecurity and fish out criminals using Okada to perpetrate evil.
” The security status of Nigeria is fragile. In checkmating the menace, the effect of every decision must be properly examined. The unemployment plaguing Nigeria will add salt to the security injury should the government ban Okada service.
“One of the major factors leading to the insecurity is unemployment. Many graduates resorted to Okada riding to protect their integrity because they don’t want to engage in social vices. We can’t judge all because of the few criminals among. Banning Okada service will worsen our security architecture.
“Instead, I will strongly advise the government to regulate the operation of Okada riders to fish out the bad eggs among them. If their activities are well managed and controlled, the executives of the Okada Riders Associations will coordinate themselves and report criminals among them.
“Banning of Okada service will lead to commutters’ mobility hardship. Of what easiness will it be for workers living in remote areas? Oluwo queried.
“I further enjoin all Nigerians to be Chief security officers of their respective environment. This is one of the most difficult times in the history of the nation. Let’s be security vigilant. We will get over it if we are decide to”