All is set for the much talked about ‘Okada for Car’ initiative as government has acquired mini vehicles to be used for the intervention.
The governing NPP promised commercial motorbike riders, popularly known as ‘Okada’, a better alternative should it win a second term.
The promise is now set to be actualised with the acquisition of a number of mini vehicles to kick start the initiative, which will see Okada drivers exchange their motorcycles for a car on special and flexible terms with government.
The ‘Okada for Car’ initiative was announced by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in the build-up to the 2020 elections.
In the heated ‘Okada’ debate, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) promised to legalise the operations of Okada if elected back to power – a position many kicked against, considering the high rate of fatalities in the Okada business as well as the nuisance it creates on the road.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), however, announced its plans to provide the Okada riders what it called “a better and safer alternative” by providing them opportunities to own vehicles in a special, flexible barter agreement and terms.
Government has now taken a big step towards fulfilling the promise by acquiring hundreds of mini-vehicles to start with the first phase of the ‘Okada for Car’ initiative.
Okada riders interested in owning one of the vehicles will be registered and then hand over their motorbikes in exchange for the vehicle.
Government will then register the vehicle in the driver’s name, while the driver pays in flexible instalment terms, the difference in value between the motorbike and the vehicle.
Government sources have revealed only Okada motorbikes which are registered with the DVLA will be eligible to swap their motorbikes for the vehicle.
Also, the National Identification card will play a key role in the entire process, as it will be a key requirement.