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Mahama Unveils Plan to Revolutionize ‘Okada’ Business with Electric Tricycles

Mahama Promises Legal, Eco-Friendly Future for Ghana's Transport

by Ikeoluwa Juliana Ogungbangbe
Electric tricycles in Ghana

John Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has laid out a bold initiative aimed at transforming the ‘Okada’ business. Known for its vibrant motorbike and tricycle taxi services, ‘Okada’ is on the brink of an eco-friendly revolution, with Mahama promising to introduce electric tricycles should he be elected president. During a town hall engagement in Worawora, within the Oti Region’s Biakoye Constituency, Mahama detailed his vision. The move towards electric motorbikes is seen as a game-changer for commercial operators, offering a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to the fuel-powered engines currently in use.

Mahama highlighted the benefits of switching to electric power, noting, “Electric motorbikes, which run on electricity, offer a greener and more economical option. Once charged overnight, they are ready to go, consuming less electricity and avoiding the high costs associated with fuel.” This initiative is not just about transitioning to greener energy sources; it’s also about addressing the legal and operational challenges faced by ‘Okada’ and tricycle operators. Despite the widespread reliance on these services across rural areas for reliable transport, their legal status remains in limbo. Mahama’s plan includes legalizing the ‘Okada’ business, ensuring operators are trained, registered, and regulated.

The commitment to electrify the ‘Okada’ business aligns with broader environmental goals, promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly. With JoyNews’ investigations revealing the presence of electric tricycles already making inroads on the streets, expanding their numbers could dramatically improve air quality and public health. Mahama’s proposal has ignited hope among commercial tricycle operators nationwide. The “Building Ghana Tour” spearheaded by the NDC has been instrumental in amplifying the voices of these operators, who have long advocated for the legalization of their operations and a reduction in fuel prices.

The former President’s pledge to legalize and regulate the ‘Okada’ business speaks volumes about his commitment to not only enhance transportation but also to support the livelihoods of thousands who depend on this sector. By focusing on training and registration, Mahama aims to professionalize ‘Okada’ services, ensuring safety, reliability, and regulatory compliance. This transformative plan could set a new standard for urban and rural mobility in Ghana, making transportation more accessible, affordable, and environmentally friendly. The shift towards electric tricycles represents a significant step forward in embracing clean energy technologies, reflecting a growing awareness of the urgent need to address environmental challenges while meeting the transportation needs of the populace.

As Ghana stands on the cusp of this transportation revolution, the potential benefits of electric tricycles extend beyond reduced operational costs and environmental impact. This initiative also promises to enhance the social and economic fabric of communities across the country, providing a safer, cleaner, and more efficient mode of transport for all.

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