The Oshimili North Local Governnent on Wednesday flagged off ‘Operation Know Your Okada Rider’ in Ibusa, with the registration of commercial motorcyclists in the community and the issuance of branded aprons.
The information provided by the registrants, which include name, residential address, state of origin, next-of-kin, means of identification, apron identification number, surety, passport size photograph and motorcycle particulars, is to be managed by Data Infotech Consult Limited, to help monitor security in the operations of commercial motorcyclists in the Local Governnent Area.
Speaking in an interview, the Chairman of Oshimili North Local Governnent, Hon. Innocent Esewezie, said he was impressed with the orderly take off of the three-day exercise at Omu Boys’ Primary School, Ibusa.
Esewezie said the operation was community based, attributing the enthusiasm that greeted the commencement of the registration to robust engagement of critical stakeholders in the planning stage and its benefit to Okada riders.
He explained that although the exercise was being championed by the Local Governnent, the success would depend largely on the level of sensitization and enforcement, pointing out that the community, the police, vigilante group, youth association and worship centres would all be involved.
The Local Governnent Chairman stated that the loss of any apron should be reported to the Ibusa Police Division for record purposes, assuring that there would be a replacement by the Council.
The Chairman of the Motorcycle Riders Association in Oshimili North, Mr Joseph Okolie, expressed optimism that the operation would success because no non-resident of Ibusa or other communities in the LGA would be allowed to ride a commercial motorcycle and no rider would operate without the apron.
One of the riders who had completed his registration, Mr. Sylvester Chukwu, thanked the Oshimili North Local Governnent Chairman for his initiative to protect them and called on all Okada riders in the area to cooperate with the authorities to make the system work