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Kano state bans commercial motor-cyclists  print

Published on January 22, 2013 by   ·   13 Comments

MADUABUCHI NMERIBEH/Kano

By Thursday 24 January commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Achaba in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano, and Okada in Southern Nigeria, would have been out of Kano streets and out of business.

The order as made by Kano state acting governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in a state broadcast on Tuesday, was inevitable following a series of attacks by gunmen on motorbikes, the latest being the one made on the lives of Emir of Kano and his two sons and the one at Dakata today.

commercial motor cyclists: banned in Kano

commercial motor cyclists: banned in Kano

Last Saturday’s attack carried out by gunmen in an SUV, supported by their lieutenants on motorbikes claimed the lives of six persons as at the last count, while several others got wounded, including two heirs apparent to the Kano throne, Nasiru and Sanusi Bayero who were both flown to the United Kingdom with their father for medical treatment two days ago.

In public interest, the acting governor, who urged all Kano citizens to show support and concern at times like this, pronounced a ban for using motorcycles for commercial activities.

Ganduje also stated that on no account should a motorcyclist carry a passenger, be it a family friend, colleague or wife, adding that there was also need for motorcycle owners to go back to their various Local Government Areas for proper documentation and registration of motorcycles and their users.

The acting governor said the steps were taken in line with emerging security challenges facing the state, pointing out that for the safety of individuals and for maintaining peace and stability in the state, all motorcycles operating within the 44 Local Government Areas in Kano must be registered.

According to the broadcast made in Hausa at the local broadcast stations in Kano, including Radio Kano, “this action by the state government became necessary in order to secure the state from the unnecessary security challenges that it has witnessed for sometime now.

“We will also ensure that every motorcycle is duly registered so as to ensure the safety of the owner and the security of the state. And we are also calling on the motorcyclists—both private and commercial to go their respective Local Government Areas and register.

“This action by the state government became necessary following a series of security reports on the situation in the state, and after consultations, coupled with the commercial viability of the state.

“The government now deems it right that as from Thursday, motorcyclists would be stopped from carrying passengers within the metropolis and the Local Government Areas,” Ganduje stated.

Kano has now joined several states in Nigeria that have imposed restrictions or total ban on the use of motor cycles for commercial activities. Lagos recently banned them from the major roads, while in Akwa Ibom and Rivers, it is a total ban.

Abuja, the Federal capital several years ago began the regime of banning, keeping them out of the city centre.

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13 Comments for “Kano state bans commercial motor-cyclists”

  1. MALLAM SHEHU

    100 KUDOS TO THE ACTING GOVERNOR. EVERY STATE SHOULD BAN “OKADA”.

  2. MALLAM SHEHU

    THANK YOU MY GOVERNOR.

  3. AdeOla

    People that are calling for the head of Fashola for taking similar action in Lagos, what do they have to say now about Kano acting governor or maybe the governor is taking instruction from ACN too to pauperize his state’s citizens.

    What is bad has no other name but BAD. Okada are evil, anywhere and in any state, whether PDP controlled or ACN and it takes a sincere leader to move against them.

  4. Taiwo

    Thank God for this development I hope okada riders can go and learn a profitable trade

  5. okanlomo

    @ADE OLA,BRAVO U SAID MY MIND,WONDER WHAT LAGOS USELESS PDP WILL SAY NOW

  6. La Verite.

    Aturu where are you?There is hot case for you in Kano.

  7. Favouredone

    21 GUN SALUTE TO THE GOVERNOR/ACTING GOVERNOR OF KANO STATE. YOU ARE GOOD TO GO SIR.

  8. Reward Management Services

    Governor Fashola has been vindicated for his action in Lagos State Nigeria against Okada Ban in Lagos

  9. okanlomo

    @PAUL,USE UR BRAIN N STOP BEING SENTIMENTAL,ACN OR PDP IS NOT D ISSUE BUT CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM

  10. babangida umar zurmi

    what you have done in kano is for the benefit of all nigerians.okada is legitimate business bad eggs among them extend the business to criminal practice.

  11. ijo

    that type of ban is people oriented. One can ride his bike go work freely not like lagos that private users of bike are also baned

  12. IG

    Thank God, Governor Fashola has been vindicated for his action in Lagos State Nigeria against all the so called Okada (Commercial motorcycle) operators, and the other state governor should do the same without any delay, if possible I want Federal government to BAN them completely the use of motorcycle for commercial purpose in Nigeria, they are just nuisance to our envirnment and general public, this issue has nothing to do with any politcal party so if anyone is comment and referring to ACN, did ACN intruct PDP in Kano or River state to do the same in their state, in other word, we can say PDP have decided to copy all those good thing that the ACN governor are doing.
    Anyway, I want to thank all ACN governor for well job done and to keep on doing a good job in their various state, masses are behinde you all, and all ACN Local government Chairmen/women, elected honorable and indeed senators from Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti ,Ondo, Edo, Dr. Chris Ngige of Anambra and their elected honorable,also in Kwara, Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Niger, Kaduna, Bauchi, Adamawa carry on the good work. Okada should be BAN completely throughout the country from rural area to our major city.

  13. David

    what goes up must surely come down, it make no sense baning okada for any reason, one day all this states that ban okada will realize it, okada is legitimate means of transport, it just that the rich doesn’t care about the masses and the poor, if they do they will sujest okada control and not ban or restriction, okada do much good than bad, while not they also ban all motor and plane, even helicopters.

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