Assembly Member for CP Electoral Area in the Awutu Senya East Constituency, Hon. Daniel Dotse has joined calls by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to legalize Okada business in the country.
According to him, legalization of Okada business will curb robbery in the area.
In an exclusive interview, the Hon. Member said, Okada business has minimized unemployment rate in the electoral area.
"Assessing the youth unemployment rate in the electoral area has declined due to Okada operations. To the large extent, Okada business has improved the lives of many youths in the constituency and its legalization will mean it will be backed by law," he said.
"I believe that, legalizing Okada will generate more jobs for the youth in CP electoral area and the constituency at large because being backed by law will encourage other unemployed youths to engage in this business decently.”
Since the announcement of the legalization of Okada business, the NPP and the government has kicked against the policy.
The NPP and its government argued the viability is unsustainable, as it becomes fertile for road accidents.
However, it had initially argued that the government was committed to legalizing the business with contradictory statements.
Meanwhile, the opposition NDC believes legalizing will reduce road accidents toll and provide livelihood for riders.
It explained that government will train and regulate the business to ensure its sustainability.
Okada riders across the country in a series of press conference has said, the fear of being arrested by law enforcement agencies.
"Most of the accidents happen because we fear being arrested by the police. The moment you stop at the traffic light, they will pass behind and arrest you, that is why Okada riders don't stop at the traffic.”
According to the Hon. member, crime rate has reduced due to the employment okada business has generated for youths in the constituency and the electoral area.