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Okada Debate: Mahama Should Also Legalise ‘Sakawa’ To Create More Jobs – Drivers Association

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The Ghana Committed Drivers Association (GCDA) has told former president John Dramani Mahama to consider legalizing sakawa (fraud) if he’s so desperate to make Okada business legal when voted into power.

Speaking on Accra FM’s midday news, the group’s leader, Mr Charles Danso said if the former president seeks to create jobs by legalising Okada, then he should consider sim box fraud in addition to legalising sakawa.

A press statement released by the group further stated, “President Mahama cannot seek our votes to come back to power and tell us SAKAWA (internet fraud) is so pervasive and, therefore, must be legalised. Absolute drivel!”

This comes after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer pledged to make Okada business legal if elected as president in the December polls.

Mahama stated, “I’ve been seeing young people who have finished school and they can’t find a job and, so, they are looking for something they can do and many of our young people are riding motorcycles and transporting people from place to place, and we call them Okada”.

“But in our law, it says Okada is illegal but Okada is a reality, it has come to stay, you can’t stop it, and, so, I’ve suggested and I say when we come into office, we will legalise Okada but we will regulate it”, Mr Mahama said.

Find below the full statement from the drivers:

LEGALISATION OF ILLEGAL OKADA OPERATIONS.

FMR PREZ JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA MUST BE PROSECUTED FOR BREAKING THE ROAD LAW – FOR INTRODUCING AND LAUNCHING MAHAMA CAN DO (CAMBOO).

Former President John DRAMANI Mahama has opined that he would legalize the use of motorcycles and tricycles for fare-paying passenger service popularly known as ‘Okada’ & Mahama Camboo should he be voted back into office as President.

The Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (LI 2180) Sub-regulations 128 & 84 states expressly;

PROHIBITION OF MOTORCYCLE OR TRICYCLE FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES

Sub-Regulation 128

128.1_ The Licensing Authority SHALL not register a motorcycle or tricycle to carry a fare-paying passenger.

128.2_ A person shall not use or permit a motorcycle or tricycle over which that person exercises control to be used for commercial purposes except for courier and delivery services.

128.3_ A person shall not ride on a motorcycle or tricycle as a fare-paying passenger.

128.4_ A person who contravenes sub-regulation (1), (2), or (3) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than twenty-five penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than thirty days or to both.

Sub-regulation 84

COMPULSORY WEARING OF PROTECTIVE CLOTHING IN RESPECT OF MOTORCYCLE

84.1_ A person SHALL not ride or be a pillion rider on a motorcycle, motor tricycle or a quadruple cycle, or in a sidecar attached to a motorcycle, unless that person wears reflective clothing and a protective helmet that:

84(a)_ is specially designed for use in connection with the cycle, and

84(b)_ fits properly with the chin strap properly fastened under the chin.

84.2_ A person riding a motorcycle, motor tricycle or motor quadruple-cycle SHALL ensure that a pillion rider in or on the cycle who is younger than eighteen years old, complies with sub-regulation (1).

84.3_ A person who contravenes sub-regulation (1), (2), or (3) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than fifty penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than three months or to both.

The aforementioned Road Traffic Regulations was passed in 2012 during the tenure of former President John Dramani Mahama as Vice President/President. That made the usage of motorcycles and tricycles for Okada and Mahama Can Do taxi operations illegal.

In 2015/16, it can be recounted that former President Mahama expressly captured in the infamous ‘Green Book of Achievements’ that was written by the National Democratic Congress led by President John Dramani Mahama to prosecute the 2016 general elections; that they were going to use the tricycles dubbed as ‘Mahama Can Do’ to alleviate poverty in the then three Northern regions. A court action was instituted by Road Safety Advocates Ghana – RoSAG, still pending albeit sine die in court, to stop the policy initiative.

The breach of the regulation 128, right on the heels of its passage in 2012, when Mr Mahama was President tells you he is not law-abiding but just vying to become president again for his own parochial selfish interest and personal aggrandisement.

The preposterous argument made by former President Mahama that okada has come to stay so it should be legalized must be treated with the contempt it deserves. Who made it come to stay?

President Mahama cannot seek our votes to come back to power and tell us SAKAWA (internet fraud) is so pervasive and, therefore, must be legalised. Absolute drivel!

All told, President Mahama has declared his intention to legalise the Okada menace and regulate it.

What is the current ruling government saying on this subject matter? It may be recalled not long ago, taxpayers’ money was used by the Ministry of Transport on a nationwide stakeholders’ engagement tour, to solicit views on whether or not, the Okada operations should be legalised. As we write, there is a report on the nationwide stakeholders’ engagements sitting in Cabinet to be deliberated upon.

We have heard the former President Mahama! What is His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo take on this menace that is taking away lives needlessly?

We keenly await his response with bated breath!

God bless our homeland Ghana!

Signed

Charles Danso – (Chairman)

Committed Drivers Association

0244 233 929 / 0204 233 929

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NDC Will Never Accept The Results Of A Flawed Election – Mahama Warns Again

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National Democratic Congress flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama has reiterated that the party will by no means accept the results of this year’s elections if it is considered flawed.

According to him, he cannot tell whether it is incompetence or malice on the part of the Electoral Commission to have names omitted from the voters’ register.

The former president who has halted his campaign tour due to the anomalies in the voters’ register urged the EC TO sanitise the register and re-exhibit it to afford the voting public an opportunity to verify their particulars in the voters register before it is finalised.

”But let me reiterate again that we will not accept the results of a flawed election. We will certainly not look on, neither will we shirk our civil responsibility and allow the EC whether by ill intent or sheer incompetence to usurp the people’s mandate in the December 7, polls,” he said.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Nana Addo Starts Tour Of Three Regions Today

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is embarking on an 8-day working visit to the Western North, Ashanti and Eastern Regions starting today, Thursday, 24th September 2020.

The President is expected to commission projects, cut sod for new projects, and pay courtesy calls on traditional leaders and other relevant authorities.

Some of the projects will include factories, roads, classroom blocks and dormitories among others.

The President is expected back at the seat of government in Accra on Friday, October 2, 2020.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Wontumi Brands Mahama ‘Most Useless Politician’ In Ghana Being Used By The Ahwoi Brothers

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Ashanti regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi has taken former president John Dramani Mahama to the gutters, labeling him a useless politician.

According to him, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer is being used by the Ahwoi brothers as they pleased.

He further claimed Mr Mahama had no control over the NDC and had lost trust of his own appointees, a reason they contested against him during the party’s flagbearership race.

“John Mahama is the most useless candidate ever to lead the NDC. The Ahwoi brothers are pushing him over and directing him the way they want.”

“You could tell all of his appointees didn’t trust him and even contested him during their internal primaries. He was thinking he could be relevant, but he is the most useless politician in Ghana now”, Chairman Wontumi said.

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