Makinde launches loading point for Okada riders, not thinking of ban

Makinde, middle, commissions the park for okada riders in Ibadan
Makinde, middle, commissions park for okada riders in Ibadan
Makinde, middle, commissions the park for okada riders  in Ibadan
Makinde, middle, commissions park for okada riders in Ibadan

By David Adeoye/Ibadan

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said his administration has no plan to ban commercial motorcyclists, known as Okada riders, in the state.

Makinde made this known on Friday during the inauguration of a loading point for motorcyclists and tricyclists in Ibadan.

He said his administration would re-organise and coordinate the operations of Okada/tricycle riders to conform with modern ways of doing transport business.

At the Ibadan okada park
At the Ibadan Okada park

The governor maintained that when properly organised, it would be easy to differentiate individuals doing other businesses from commercial motorcycles and tricycles business operators.

He said the loading points would facilitate easy transportation of residents in the state capital.

Makinde said that the loading points were designed as a pilot scheme, saying that if the units are used judiciously, the initiative would be replicated throughout the state.

He also enjoined Keke and Okada riders to do away with those using motorcycles and tricycles to commit crimes.

“We also want you to be coordinated and organised. I already told the people in charge to install solar lights here so that you can all do your businesses comfortably at night.

“We have security challenges and I must say that Okada and tricycle operators have to help the government.

“When you are organised, you can fish out those who are using Okada and tricycles to commit crimes and hand them over to the law enforcement agencies,” the governor said.

Some of the motorcycle/ tricycle operators plying Beere -Gate – Iwo road appreciated the Oyo State government for the construction of the loading points and called for more of it.

Mukaila Jimoh, an Okada rider and Ezekiel Olabode, a tricyclist said the loading points would enhance their operations.

Jimoh said the loading points would make it easy for Okada operators to abide with the regulation of one passenger per bike, and other regulations guiding their operations.

Olabode, on his part, said that the loading points would enable them to know genuine and registered tricycle operators from Intruders.


  1. This CRAZY, HABA GOVERNOR LAUNCHING OKADA LOADING POIMT IS AN INSULT ON OYO STATE. A STATE THAT HAD LAUNCHED FIRST TV station in Africa and first university etc, is now having a governor who is shamelessly Launching OKADA loading Point. Or did I not read well, abi he was launching OKADA manufacturing factory. This is an embarrassment to the oyo state.

    • You’re free Adringross to have respectful disagreements with a sitting governor of any state except insult. In fact the honorable governor of Oyo state is a great and influential leader and as such deserves the civility of tune. Pls be civil…when next you have anything to say.

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