Ondo State Government has expressed its readiness to begin the issuance of tickets to commercial tricycle and motorcycle operators otherwise known as "Okada riders" as from today.
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) on Special Duties and Strategies, Dr Doyin Odebowale stated this while briefing Government House Correspondents in Akure yesterday.
According to him, N150 ticket shall be issued per motorcyclist, while that of tricyclists remains N400.
Dr Odebowale said one person would be appointed to distribute the tickets in each of the eighteen local government areas of the state.
The SSA however cautioned the ticket officials against hooliganism noting that no ticket evader would go unpunished.
"Task Force will be on ground to ensure that no one disrupts the reigning peace in the state in any guise.
"The State government will also ensure that no "Okada rider" would be allowed to violate any aspect of the law in the state in the process of carrying out their operations.
"Any of the representatives from each of the eighteen local governments that has criminal record, will not be allowed to coordinate the affairs of the union at the local government level", he warned.
Odebowale however, added that unregistered cyclists in the four local governments where registration has been concluded would not be allowed to operate in the state, saying the state Task Force would be on ground to ensure strict compliance.
The four local governments according to Dr Odebowale, include; Akure South, Owo, Idanre and Ondo West Local Government where the registration exercise is currently ongoing.
It would be recalled that the registration exercise for Motorcycle and Tricycle operators, was a deliberate plan of government to strengthen and ascertain security of lives and property of its citizens and curtail the activities of some hoodlums who usually perpetrate crimes with the use of motorcycles and tricycles across the state.
Odebowale who added that the exercise goes beyond knowing the number of motorcycles and tricycles that operate in the state for revenue generation, enjoined everyone to get involved in the issue of state security, so that everyone can sleep with their two eyes closed.
He said once the exercise is concluded in a certain area and the officials move to another location, any operator who missed it can proceed to the local government area where officials with card readers will get such a person registered.
"Henceforth, we will not allow anybody who is not captured to operate in Ondo State until such person completes his registration. We will keep them off our roads and whosoever flouts the order would be adequately sanctioned.
In other to ascertain that every operator is captured, he said temporary card will be issued, while the permanent card would be giving to them, upon the verification of the addresses of all registered motorcyclists and tricyclists.
Odebowale further stated that the exercise upon completion, would enable security agencies have a direct access to data, which would assist them to easily track any operator that must have committed a crime.
He added that whosoever failed to register within the period earmarked for the exercise, would have his motorcycle or tricycle impounded.
According to Dr Doyin Odebowale, names of the Coordinators representing each local government are; Mr Obanla Bashir (Akoko N/E); Mr Fasan Ojo (Owo),
Mr Olusegun Omosekeji (Okitipupa), Mr Gafaru Oyelere, (Akure South), Mr Ogundinehin Isaac (Ile-Oluji/ Okeigbo) and Mr Babatunde Lawal (Odigbo local government).
Others include; Mr Adeoti Akinwande (Idanre), Mr Bankole Ayodele (Akoko S/W), Mr Oke Olowo pariah (Ese Odo), Prince Adejuyigbe (Akure North), Mr Michael Adeyemi (Ose), Mr Banjo David (Ondo West), Mr Tope Balogun (Akoko S/E), Mr Akeem Saka (Akoko N/W), Mr Ajibodun Akinjagunla (Irele), Mr Lawal Kehinde (Ifedore), Mr Adeyemi Akinboboye (Ondo East) and Mr Goroth Obawadun for (Ilaje) local government.