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Delta State Government Implements Ban on Okada and Scrap Monsters in Asaba

Asaba, Delta State – In a bid to address security challenges and protect the well-being of its citizens, the Delta State Government has announced a ban on the usage of commercial motorcycles, commonly known as Okada, and scrap monsters, popularly known as Iron-Condemn, from all the streets in the Capital Territory, Asaba.

The ban, which will be effective from Friday, May 25, 2024, was announced during a press conference held at the Government House in Asaba, following the State Executive Meeting presided over by Governor Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.

During the press conference, the Commissioner for Information, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, provided an overview of the decisions reached during the State Executive Meeting. He highlighted that the approval for amendment was given to various ongoing road projects in the state, including the construction of the Obi Mbabio road in Onicha-Ukwuani, Ndokwa West LGA, and the rehabilitation of roads in Sapele LGA. Additionally, the government approved payments for retirement and death benefits to staff of Delta State University in Abraka.

The Secretary to the State Government, Dr Kingsley Emu, emphasized the ban on Okada riders and scrap monsters, stating that the government will take firm action against violators. He highlighted the need for this measure due to the significant security challenges faced by the state, with instances of criminal activities being perpetrated by individuals using Okadas as quick-getaway vehicles. Dr Emu emphasized that the ban is aimed at protecting the lives and properties of the citizens and is not targeted at any specific group.

Dr Emu further revealed that designated streets in Ethiope East, Ika North-East, Oshimili North, Oshimili South, Sapele, Uview, and Warri South local government areas will also be subject to these regulations. He stressed that these regulations have been in existence since 2012, 2013, and 2014, but have not been strictly enforced. However, effective from June 1st, all security agencies in the state will be deployed to tackle any civil disobedience and violations by Okada riders.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ekemejero Ohwovoriole, SAN, clarified that the ban applies to specific types of commercial motorcycles and exempted dispatch riders from the ban. He stated that violators will be arraigned in mobile courts to face appropriate legal consequences.

Furthermore, the Commissioner for Rural and Urban Roads, Mr Charles Aniagwu, highlighted the government’s commitment to infrastructure development. He mentioned the approval of upward reviews for several projects aimed at improving connectivity and urban renewal. Noteworthy among the projects is the 6-lane road at the waterfront in Asaba, which will enhance access to previously inaccessible lands, and the construction and rehabilitation of internal roads in Sapele to decongest traffic and enhance the town’s aesthetics.

The termination of the existing contract for the rehabilitation of the Warri Stadium was also announced by the Commissioner for Urban Roads, Hon. Rueben Izezi. He explained that the contractor lacked the necessary technical expertise to complete the project within the stipulated timeframe.

In the education sector, the Commissioner for Higher Education, Professor TonukareTonukari Johnbull, addressed the payment of retirement and death benefits to staff of Delta State University Abraka. He announced that the government had approved the payment of benefits to 108 individuals who had worked at the university. However, before the funds are disbursed, a forensic audit will be conducted to ensure that only eligible individuals receive the benefits.

The Delta State Government’s decision to implement the ban on Okada and scrap monsters reflects its commitment to maintaining the safety and security of its citizens, while also prioritizing infrastructure development and ensuring the welfare of its workforce.

Efecha Gold
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