Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) John Apontua Kumah has described the much-trumpeted manifesto promise of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to legalize motorcycle operations for commercial purposes in its next government as disgusting and backward.
He has said that only a shortsighted person would advocate for the legalization of such a “deadly” initiative when countries the world over are moving to safer and more sophisticated traffic-alleviating public transport options like sky trains and underground metro lines.
Speaking in an interview with Kumasi-based Angel FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com Monday morning, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for the Ejisu Constituency also said the NDC is bereft of ideas for sustainable youth employment and so could only think of nothing but one that smacks of “disrespect for the youth”.
“Even the Nigerians who coined the word OKADA has banned its operations; Okada is banned in Nigeria as we speak because they have realized that its consequences are dire on the populace; didn’t he see sky trains in India when he went there and rather decided to bring ‘Pragya’ (tricycle taxi) to ckoke our streets with traffic; President Mahama is too shortsighted”, he said.
“What kind of development is he thinking about; OKADA is not an option and we must not even look at it because it is BACKWARD; we must rather focus on something more progressive and futuristic; how can you tell young graduates, some with two or three degrees to go and ride a motorcycle for a living as part of your flagship programmes as a president”, he added.
But the opposition NDC and its flag bearer, John Dramani Mahama are still on a spirited campaign of wooing operators and riders of motorcycles for commercial purposes, albeit illegal per existing laws, to vote for them in order to legalize the business when they come into government.
They have promised to regulate the operations of commercial motorcycle riders and make the business a viable income-earning option for interested youth as it could be more profitable than government initiatives like NABCO and YEA where beneficiaries are guaranteed a stipulated stipend at the end of every month.
Mr John Dramani Mahama has even promised OKADA riders to “bring in motorbikes and give them out to you on hire purchase terms”, should he win power in the December 2020 polls.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Teddy Brown Onimbede/2020