.The Oyo State government has announced that it will soon issue identity cards to all commercial motorcycle riders in the state in order to checkmate the rise of unwanted criminals in the State.
Speaking to newsmen, Prof. Raphael Afonja, who is the State Commissioner for Public Work and Transport stated that the move was necessary as the government hopes to ensure smooth okada business in the state. He also added that the governor, Seyi Makinde, has ordered that the daily levy of #200 be reduced to #100, in order to make things easier for Okada and Keke riders in the state.
The commissioner added, “We have concluded that due to what happened in Lagos State, which has led to influx of okada riders moving from Lagos into Oyo State. There is a need to have okada riders’ card to identify people coming into the state”.
According to him, the process will begin with the registration of motorcycle operators and through the riders’ cards, they will be able to have a comprehensive database for the State to know who is who; who owns what; who they are, where they live and the rest.