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The Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation, Mr. Uche Okafor has assured groups in the motorcycles value chain that the state government is resolved to

address all the issues being raised as a result of the ban on Okada in Awka and Onitsha metropolis in the interest of the people of the state.
The Transport Commissioner gave the assurance when he addressed a group of motorcycle part importers from Nnewi, Awka and Onitsha who led a peaceful protest to Alex Ekwueme square in Awka.
The group, numbered in their hundreds led a match expressing their concerns and dissatisfaction with the pronouncement of the state government over the ban with different inscriptions registered on placards.
Addressing the group, Mr. Okafor clarified that the state government had already started looking into the issues raised by the groups in earlier protest letter sent to the Governor and noted that the ban does not affect importation of motorcycle parts as it is restricted to only commercial motorcyclists in the state capital territory and Onitsha.
Mr. Okafor urged them to go back to their business and be rest assured that the requests and displeasures will be dealt with amicably.
Some of the protesters who addressed newsmen among whom were, an importer of motorcycle spare parts in Nnewi, Prince Sunday Igwemmadu, the Chairman Fairly Used and New Motorcycle Spare Parts Dealers Association, Nnewi, Mr. Eloka Ubajiekwe and another dealer in motorcycle spare parts in Onitsha, Mrs Nkiruka Ede called on the government to extend the time for the ban so as to grant more time for dialogue between the major stakeholders for better implementation.
It will be recalled that the ban on the use of motorcycles in greater Onitsha, Awka and other special areas will take effect from Sunday, Ist of July, 2018.
The Government in a release by the Secretary to the state Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu advised eligible commercial motorcyclists to take advantage of the loan scheme for the purchase of mini-buses as provided by the government through the Anambra Small Business Agency, ASBA.
The release also called on Ndi Anambra and other residents in the state to see the opportunities that the ban presents and invest in tricycle, and on commercial mini-buses.

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