The authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have issued a strong warning to commercial motorcycle operators, commonly known as Okada, to refrain from operating in the restricted areas of the Federal Capital City. Failure to comply will result in severe legal consequences.
The Permanent Secretary of the FCTA, Mr. Olusade Adesola, conveyed this warning during a meeting with senior officials of the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), led by the Director, Dr. Abdul-Lateef Bello, at his office in Garki, Abuja.
In a statement released by the FCT’s Director of Information and Communication, Muhammad Hazat Sule, it was emphasized that the ban on commercial motorcycles operating within Abuja metropolis is still in effect and will be strictly enforced. The Permanent Secretary advised these operators against violating the law and cautioned that anyone found disobeying the ban will face severe consequences.
The statement further highlighted that Adesola directed the Task Force to intensify its efforts and thoroughly patrol the entire Federal Capital City, especially in the areas where the operations of Okadas were previously restricted, to ensure the ban is enforced. Adesola stressed that any commercial motorcyclist apprehended will have their motorcycles confiscated and destroyed as a deterrent, as the law must be upheld.
Adesola instructed the Task Force and officials of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (commonly known as VIO) to take decisive action and eliminate the menace from the city, emphasizing that no exceptions will be made. He reiterated that Abuja, as the country’s capital, is governed by laws and it is essential to maintain its aesthetic appeal and tranquility.
Furthermore, the Permanent Secretary advised commercial motorcyclists to operate outside the city center in areas where their operations are not restricted, such as the Satellite Towns and the Area Councils.
Adesola restated that any commercial motorcyclist caught in violation of the law will have their motorcycle immediately destroyed in accordance with the existing regulations.