Commercial motorcyclists, popularly called Okada riders, in Oshimili North Local Governnent Area of Delta State, are now to wear branded aprons with identification numbers to be able to operate in Ibusa and Okpanam axis.

Each rider is also to register with the Council, giving details of his name, residential address, bike registration number, apron identification number, with a passport size photograph, among other information.

At a sensitization programme at Ibusa on Tuesday, preparatory to the distribution of the aprons, the Chairman of Oshimili North Local Governnent, Hon. Innocent Esewezie, told the Okada riders that the initiative was to check Okada induced crimes, dignify their operations and protect them from the hazards of their job.

Esewezie emphasized that the apron was free for every registered rider and warned that failure to register and wear the apron while on duty would attract sanctions.

He said a Taskforce had been set up to monitor compliance, insisting that the new order was mandatory and would be strictly enforced.

The Council Chairman, who promised to fuel all registered bikes in Ibusa on Monday next week, urged the riders to abide by the  N70 per drop for short distances within the Ibusa metropolis, and negotiate the fare for longer distances with their passengers to avoid friction.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Ibusa Division, Obioji Chidi, a Superintendent of Police, commended the Oshimili North Council Chairman for the initiative aimed at checking crime in the locality and urged the Okada riders to fully comply to avoid the wrath of the law.

SP Chidi advised the riders against handing over their bikes and aprons to other persons as any crime committed by such persons would be traced to them using the apron identification number in the registration form.

The Chairman of the Okada Riders Association in Ibusa, Mr. Okafor, thanked Esewezie for the gesture and assured him that the riders would comply.

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