Until very recently, Okada riders in and around the capital’s city centre were plying all routes regardless of traffic regulations but the recent stance of the police to ban ‘Okadas’ from dominating the city centre to ease traffic flow has been objected to by the chairman of Okada riders at Berry Street, Alusine Dumbuya.
He blamed traffic congestion in the city on cart pushers, ‘Omolankay’ and wheel-barrow riders.
He said, “Okada is one of the major sources of employment generation in the country that has incorporated a huge proportion of former combatants who would have otherwise turned out to be state hazard”.
Alusine Dumbuya added that government and other donor agencies were expected to direct funds towards capacitating them for effective service delivery to the public.
The director of police media, Inspector Ibrahim Samura, maintained that the safety of Sierra Leone was the main priority and that therefore any reckless Okada riding must not be tolerated.
He said, “some of them ride recklessly without due regard to the traffic rules and regulations. Each and every Okada rider should keep within their operational areas for proper identification.
Inspector Samura acknowledged the role played by Okada riders, especially in easing transportation problem.