Our doors open to investors not okada, keke marwa riders, Ogun govt kicks

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Bankole Taiwo,Abeokuta

The Ogun State government has said that its doors are only opened to genuine investors and would therefore not tolerate influx of Lagos State banned commercial motorcycle riders popularly called Okada or operators of tricycle (Keke Marwa) into the state

This stern warning is coming on the heel of a statement credited to the Chairman, Caretaker Committee on Transportation in the State, Barrister Femi Adeniyi on Monday who reportedly assured the motorcyclists relocating to the state of adequate accommodation.

The state government however, in a statement issued on Tuesday by Hon Remmy Hazzan, the Special Adviser on Public Communications to Governor Dapo Abiodun, said nobody had been authorised to speak on the issue on behalf of the state government.

Hazzan explained that Okada operation is fraught with many challenges, including that of security, which is the reason why their operations have either been totally banned or restricted in many parts of the country.

He said that Ogun State did not have the capacity to cope with the menace and security challenges the influx of the Okada operators from Lagos and any other neighbouring state would pose.

The former lawmaker said that deploying motorcycles for commercial operation is not in the schedule of the National Transportation policy, adding that the Ogun State government is already looking into the issue with a view to coming out with a clear policy direction.

He disclosed further that although, its doors are open, it is only for genuine businessmen and foreign investors to take advantage of the proximity of the Gateway State to the nation’s commecial and biggest market.

Hazzan said that Governor Dapo Abiodun, since his assumption of office on May 29. 2019, has put in place, measures to create a conducive emvironment for businesses.

“As the state with the largest industrial base, Ogun State will continue to welcome more investors.

“The present administration, in its determination to further enhance the status of the state as the most industrialised, has put in place policies that would attract more businesses home and abroad.

“Governor Dapo Abiodun has been meeting with potential investors in the country and even travelled abroad in his efforts to attract more investors into the state.”

The statement further stated that the present administration is desirous of providing gainful employment for her teeming citizens, but with emphasis on agriculture.

Hazzan appealed to the people to go about their normal businesses as efforts have been made to prevent security breeches in the state.