The Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has identified commercial motorcycling as a major industry in the nation’s transportation system.
He also said that commercial motorcyclists have contributed to internally generated revenue of the state.
The governor, however, advocated the restructuring of commercial motorcycling business towards solving insecurity challenges in the country.
He stated this on Tuesday, at the opening of a 2-day seminar organised by the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (ACOMORAN) with the theme: “Building Capacity in the Transportation Sector: Panacea for Economic Downturn. A case study of commercial motorcycling,” held in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The governor said that commercial motorcycling business serves as a means of employment generation for the teeming unemployed youths.
The governor, represented by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Suraj Adekunbi, called on government and other stakeholders on the need to adequately regulate the sector, to forestall being hijacked by criminal elements.
He assured that his administration would continue to create enabling environment for the transportation sector to thrive.
In his welcome address, the state chairman of ACOMORAN, Alhaji Samsudeen Apelogun, appealed to the state government against any move to ban commercial motorcyclists popularly known as ‘okada.’
He explained that over seven million Nigerians were already employed in commercial motorcycling transportation sub-sector, saying any attempt to ban their activities would bring economic woes to the country.