Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has unveiled plans to support commercial motorcyclists, commonly known as okada riders, in response to the removal of fuel subsidies. As part of these efforts, his administration will provide electric bikes to riders in the state.
During a courtesy visit by participants of the Senior Executive Course 45, Group 1 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Governor Abiodun expressed his commitment to implementing an energy transition plan. He announced that the state government will initiate a program called E-Mobility and Gas Mobility, which aims to convert state buses to operate on compressed natural gas (CNG) and motorcycles and tricycles to run on electricity.
The governor stated that the E-Mobility program will involve replacing the motorcycles currently used by riders with electric-powered motorcycles. This initiative not only aims to alleviate the challenges faced by the masses but also contributes to a cleaner and greener environment, addressing concerns of climate change.
Governor Abiodun further mentioned that his administration plans to establish a company to generate and distribute power in Ogun State, leveraging the opportunities provided by the recently signed electricity bill. Additionally, the government will prioritize the provision of clean and drinkable water to improve the overall well-being of the residents.
The electric bike program for okada riders signifies the government’s commitment to sustainable transportation solutions and the transition to cleaner energy sources. By providing electric bikes, the initiative aims to mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal on riders while promoting a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
The launch of the E-Mobility and Gas Mobility programs is expected to take place either at the end of the current month or the beginning of the following month. This innovative step not only supports the livelihoods of okada riders but also aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and promote sustainable development.[logo-slider]