Lagos Moves to Provide Jobless Okada Operators with Gainful Employment in the State Service

In what can only be described as a welcome development in the rancor between the Lagos Sate Government and the operators of commercial motorcycle popularly known as Okada in the state, the government has made it known that it will commence recertification of affected operators this week, with the aim of providing them with gainful employment in the state service.

This was made known by the state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa, during the public enlightenment programme organised for the commercial motorists and operators. Opeifa, who spoke at the event attended by former deputy governor, Rafiu Ogunleye; majority leader, state House of Assembly, Honourable Sanai Agunbiade, political and community leaders and stakeholders, among others, said the government was desirous to create job for the Okada operators.

According to the commissioner, the law restricting okada operators from plying certain routes in the state was not meant to punish anybody, but for the good of the state and its people, adding that the re-certification would ensure that those affected were employed by the state government.

The commissioner then urged the affected people in Ikorodu to go to the Works Yard in the town to get recertified for job placement. Speaking further, the commissioner, who said the law on okada had come to stay, noted that the enlightenment was to engage stakeholders and see what could be done to improve or renew the law if the need be.

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