According to a statement, by the Kwara State Commissioner for Works, Suleiman Rotimi, who said all factions of Okada unions in the state would henceforth begin the payment of road tax and wear a single uniform.
Rotimi explained that the new single uniform is pertinent to beef up security in the state and screen out unscrupulous elements who use Okada to perpetrate criminal acts.
He added that the government would introduce Identity Cards with barcodes for riders in the state.
The statement read in part, said, “The commissioner mentioned that as part of the strategy to improve security, a censor of all Okada riders would be conducted and population of registered Okada riders would be ascertained.
“Equally, the commissioner stresses the need for road tax payment and urged the riders to fashion out a realistic amount and mode of collection.”
In response, the President of the Joint Okada Union, Mr Ajewole Gabriel, expressed the union’s readiness to abide by the single uniform, road tax payment and ID cards with bar codes mulled by the government.