The Ogun State COVID-19 Joint Taskforce on Bike Riders in has impounded over 100 motorcycles for flouting the guidelines of the State government on compulsory use of facemasks and number of passengers to carry.
The taskforce which comprises the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), the Riders and Owners Motorcycles Organisation (ROMO) and Amalgamated Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (AMORAN), jointly embarked upon on the clampdown operation and enforcement in different parts of the State.
It would be recalled that Governor Dapo Abiodun had last Friday threatened to ban the operation of motorcyclists, popularly known as okada riders for disregarding the guidelines put in place by the State government to flatten the curve of COVID-19
The enforcement team started from Obantoko, Adatan, Saje, Elega, Lafenwa, to Kuto area of Abeokuta, the state capital to impound any motorcycle the riders is not putting on facemasks or carrying more than one passenger.
The State Chairman of ACOMORAN, Kayode Sowunmi while addressing journalists after the enforcement tour, said the exercise was to ensure compliance of the Okada riders in the State to the directives of the government.
Sowunmi added, “There was a press release from the state government in respect of our members’ refusal to use nose mask and carrying more than one passenger.
“The state government is highly annoyed and threatened to proscribed the motorcycle union activities in the state. As union leaders controlling the activities of Okada riders, we resolved to move out effective from today, that’s why we moved out to enforce the implementation on the erring riders.
“So far, we have impounded over 100 motorcycles and the condition to release the seized motorcycles is that, the owner must provide helmet and nose mask.
“Those who are not using helmet, carrying more than one passenger and failed to use their face mask we impounded their motorcycles.”