The promise by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, last Friday in the Volta region, when he interacted with chiefs and people of Kpando to commercialize operations of motorbikes popularly known as Okada, will gladden the hearts of many Ghanaian youth, who have been looking forward when their activities will be recognized by the law.
The traffic situation, which is caused in some instances by the poor road network in the country, has expectedly led to the boom in the Okada business, despite the ban in 2012.
To say that many Ghanaians, either in our cities, towns and villages rely heavily on Okada, for commuting daily is to state the obvious.
What this implies is that, Ghanaians from all walks of life rely on Okada, to and from work, business meetings, markets, delivery service etc.
The promise made by John Mahama, has brought some glimmer of hope to the teeming youth of our country, who engage in Okada business for their survival.
The rising unemployment rate in the country, has been a huge source of concern to many, who believe the problem should be tackled head on, in order to save the country from intractable crisis.
Surprisingly according to the National President of the Okada Riders Association of Ghana, Michael Kofi Owusu, the association has a population of over 800, 000 members, this number is more than the number of graduates employed under the Nation Builders Corp (NABCO).
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), since the announcement has been running scared and this newspaper will not be surprised that, police officers, who hitherto use to make life uncomfortable for Okada riders, will be told to back off. Okada riders, from now to December 7, have a field day to ply their trade.
Although some Ghanaians have reacted to this promise in different ways, it is worthy of note that, Okada business, has come to stay.
It is from this perspective that this newspaper shares the vision of president John Dramani Mahama, which indeed is proof of his foresight.
The time has come to do right by our brothers, who irk a living from Okada.