Kaduna Okada Riders Protest Harassment, Cry Out To el-Rufai


    Representatives of Okada riders from all the wards in Kaduna metropolis for the second time within a week, converged on Hayin Danbushiya, to protest restriction of their operations as well as intimidation and harassment from Keke NAPEP Operators and government agencies.

    The operators in their hundreds, also expressed displeasure with the high fines imposed on them by the Kaduna State Transport, Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA).
    Granting an interview at the site of the protest, Chairman of Kaduna State Okada Riders Association, Jamilu Usman appealed to Governor Nasir el-Rufai to come to their aid.
    He said that they are being harassed by many, who take advantage of their conditions.
    “We are appealing to the governor to come to our aid. KASTELEA and others are embarrassing our members. Keke NAPEP operators at will arrest our members and seize their motor cycles.
    “We are law abiding and would be willing to cooperate with the government. The governor should permit us to operate and we would contribute to making Kaduna great again by promptly paying taxes,” he added.
    Usman said that they and their family members are facing hardship and in view of the fact that their are no other jobs, survive by transporting passengers.
    “There are some routes that commercial vehicles or Keke NAPEP cannot reach, we are the only ones that go there, and that in another way contributes to the society,” he added.
    Kaduna Okada Riders Chairman, Jamilu Usman
    Also speaking, PRO of the association, Abubakar Baba Kamale  said that their members contributed in bringing this government to power in 2015 and are willing to support it again, come 2019.
    “We are here protesting to bring to the fore our problems. KASTELEA is arresting our members and fining them huge amounts of money ranging between N10,000 and N20,000.
    Kaduna Okada Riders PRO, Abubakar Baba Kamale
    “We were the ones who voted this government and as such we appeal to the governor because the youth doing this job have so many dependants. They should allow us to do our jobs and survive,” he said.
    It would be recalled that on Monday, the Okada riders protested briefly around NEPA Round About.


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