Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) will not legalise okada.
According to him, the NPP will rather provide a better alternative of empowering them to purchase brand new cars assembled in the country to engage in a much safer venture.
He made the remarks at an event in Accra where VW and BlackIvy signed an MoU to embark on the production of affordable homes and affordable cars for the Ghanaian people.
He said riders “need to graduate from this risky and less risky Okada riding to a safer means of transportation.”
The Vice President argued that with the right structures in place, ‘Okada’ operators will be able to buy or lease cars to run much ‘safer’ businesses as part of governments automobile development drive.
“Their [Okada riders] problem will be the lack of capital but if they [Transport Sector Recapitalisation Project] bring in new leasing policies and we have our national ID card with our digital addresses and so on, we can have a credit system working and give you an option other than this risky venture,” he added.