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Okada Riders Seek Adviser Appointment In Benue



Commercial motorcycle riders in Benue state under the auspices of Benue Motorcycle Hirers Association (BENMOHA), have appealed to Governor Samuel Ortom,to appoint one of them as Senior Special Assistant on Okada matters to assist in intelligence gatherings.

Chairman of BENMOHA, Comrade Patrick Agera, made the appeal when he led other members of the association on a courtesy call on Governor Samuel Ortom at Government House,  Makurdi.

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 did not give equal and maximum recognition to them.

He maintained that Okada riders are not armed robbers nor Kidnappers but learned and qualified graduates that if given opportunity to serve in any capacity in government, would excel.

“We were 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 were 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.

Agera promised to mobilise the entire Okada riders in the state to campaign for Governor Ortom to ensure that he returns to office 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 BENMOHA had suffered so much attacks than any other people in the state from herdsmen.

He charged them to be security conscious and always take note of  strange faces as they convey passengers to various places and be ready to report any suspicious faces to the appropriate authorities.