The Ogun State House of Assembly has urged the leadership of commercial motorcycle riders in the state to take urgent measures to check the alleged frequent involvement of their members in crime in the state.
The assembly stated that the alleged perpetration of crimes in the state by commercial motorcycle riders, popularly called okada, constituted a serious threat to the security of the people.
Speaker Suraj Isola said this at the foundation laying ceremony of the Ogun State Secretariat of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria on Friday in Abeokuta, the state capital.
He urged the riders to refrain from getting themselves involved in acts that could further tarnish the image of ACOMORAN, stressing that the various cases of people using okada to commit crime had become worrisome.
The Speaker added that it was only in a secure society that business and other commercial activities could thrive.
“I must say we appreciate your efforts in the provision of door-to-door services to our people. We, however, want to enjoin you to talk to your members on security because we hear of cases of okada riders snatching bags and all that.
“You know security is the duty of all because where there is security there will be an atmosphere conducive for doing business,” Isola said.
He urged the leadership of ACOMORAN to ensure that it contributes regularly and meaningfully to the state Security Trust Fund.
Earlier, the Chairman of ACOMORAN in Ogun State, Alhaji Adebayo Apelogun stated that the construction of the association’s secretariat in the state would gulp about N50m.
Apelogun gave the assurance that ACOMORAN would cooperate with the government on security and remain a partner in progress with the state.
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