- John Mahama's Okada promise has excited commercial motorbike operators in Accra
- The Okada Riders say legalising their business and ensuring its properly structured is the way to go
- The use of motorbike for commercial purpose is currently illegal in Ghana
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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer’s promise to legalize the commercial use of motorbikes (Okada) in the country is welcoming news.
Former President John Dramani Mahama disclosed in an interaction with the chiefs and people of Kpando in the Volta Region last Friday, August 21, that if voted into power, he will make the Okada business legal.
According to the NDC flagbearer, the Okada business employs a lot of youth and must be properly structured to create more employment for the Ghanaian youth.
John Mahama’s campaign message has since generated debate, with some for and against it.
Also, the NDC’s political opponents say, the promise is a false and populist one.
Again, some people say that it would do more harm than good, but the NDC has defended it, citing the job creation prospects of the operations.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Public Safety is demanding details of how the commercial use of motorcycles would be regulated.
YEN.com.gh stepped out to find out from Okada Riders what they make of John Mahama’s promise.
The Okada riders we spoke to express optimism in the NDC flag bearer’s promise. They say the decision to legalistic their business is long overdue.
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YEN.com.gh earlier reported that flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has used unarguably the most popular phrase in Ghana right now, ‘Papa No’ while delivering a speech on his campaign tour.
The term ‘Papa No’ was described as unparliamentary when the Information Minister and MP for Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, used it on the floor of the House.
The use of the term infuriated the Minority NDC, especially the leader, Haruna Iddrisu.
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