The Concerned Voters’ Movement, (CVM) has criticised the decision by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, NDC to legalise Okada.
The group believes that the youth of Ghana deserve better and decent jobs with well-paid salary than okada which serves as a means to an end.
A statement released by the group said Most of the okada riders are in the business due to lack of available jobs. ‘’Most of them too were unable to have access to free SHS due to the incompetence of John Mahama and his NDC Administration’ ’it stated.
‘The NPP Government is committed to ensuring that every Ghanaian would be employed in a decent working environment with well-paid salary that is why since the coming into office, Akufo-Addo led Government has committed a lot of resources to the establishment of one district one factory under Public-Private Partnership. The successful completion of the one district one factory policy would give an opportunity to Ghanaians including okada riders to work in those established factories. Even if they still want to operate the motorcycle they would be employed in the delivery unit of the factories under 1D1F as Professional Dispatch Riders* with better income than what they are earning currently’’.
‘’’Instead of John Mahama thinking outside the box and coming out with an initiative that would create decent and well paid jobs for the youth he is rather doing propaganda with okada riders, even though Mahama’s administration was the one which enacted a law to ban okada business in Ghana’’.
‘’It is important to point out that, the Akufo-Addo led Government has already started a consultative process and engagement with the okada riders to see how best they can earn a living while waiting for the 1D1F across all the districts in Ghana. As it stands now most okada riders go about their business without any form of intimidation from NPP Government even though Mahama’s Government enacted a law to get them arrested’’.
‘’The question is, would the okada riders prefer to remain as okada riders forever? Absolutely not.
They need much better jobs than that. Most of the okada riders can take advantage of NPP Government’s policies such as Planting for food and Jobs, Rearing for food and jobs, 1D1F, NABCO among others . While the NPP Government believes in building a modern society coupled with solid economic development, the NDC on the other hand is bent on sending the Country onto the path of retrogression’’, the statement noted .
‘’ Most of the youth who are currently working as okada riders would stand a great chance of working in factories created by Akufo-Addo’s Government under 1D1F as *Professional Dispatch Riders* with better salary and condition of service. This concept is far better than Mahama’s backward position on okada business,’’ it added.