From Uche Nnorom Makurdi
Commercial motorcycle riders in Benue State, popularly known as “Okada’’, under the auspices of Benue Motorcycle Hirers Association (BEMOHA), have lamented over neglect by several administrations and demanded for appointment as Special Assistant from Governor Samuel Ortom in intelligence gatherings.
Chairman of BEMOHA, Comrade Patrick Agera, made the appeal when he led other members of the association on a courtesy call to Governor Ortom at Government House Makurdi.
Comrade Agera stated that commercial motorcycle riders have contributed immensely to the Socio economic development and Youths employment in the state, stressing that it was unfortunate that successive governments have failed to give equal and maximum recognition to them.
He maintained that Okada riders learned and qualified graduates if given any opportunity to serve in any capacity in government will excel.
“ We are the actual people who canvass for support, vote for Politicians who seek elective positions, contribute to nation building yet people carry misinformation about us just because we are not given opportunity to serve in capacity of government. Therefore, give us the opportunity to serve and we are ready to redeem the bad image Okadas are known for”, he stated.
Comrade Agera promised to mobilise entire Okada riders in the state to campaign for governor Ortom reelection in 2019
He further appealed to the governor to also appoint Okada riders into his campaign team and provide mobility like Motorcycles to them to enable them take his campaign message to all the nooks and crannies of the state.
In his remark, Governor Ortom acknowledged the contributions of the association to the economic development of the state, adding that they have become self-reliant on the account of their daily duties and promised to look into their request.
The governor who was represented by his adviser on security, Col. Paul Hemba, disclosed that members of the Benue Motorcycle Hirers Association BEMOHA suffered so much attacks more than any other people in the state by herdsmen.
He charged them to be security conscious and always recognize strange faces as they convey passengers to various places and be ready to report any suspicious movement to the appropriate authorities.