Commercial sex workers have lamented the effect of the ban on commercial motorcyclists (okada) on their line of business, begging Governor Gboyega Oyetola to review the policy.
Newsmen gathered that the state government had insisted that the lift of curfew does not extend to commercial motorcyclists in the state as it insisted that Okada riders cannot work beyond 8 pm
The Secretary of Osogbo sex workers, popularly known as Oloso, Tomi Olowe, said the lift of curfew is a welcome development but the continuous ban on commercial motorcycles is counterproductive.
“Look, we know peace is important, but now that the curfew is lifted after weeks of lack of patronage, locking out Okada riders at 8 pm is not good for our business.
“It is the Okada men that help us get customers, sometimes; they are even the middlemen who get commission after taking us to and from the customer’s place.
“We plead with our Governor, Adegboyega to be considerate and allow Okada riders more freedom to operate for our sake”, she said.
The government had in a statement by Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, insisted that commercial motorcyclists must stop operating by 8 pm
“Osun State government wishes to reiterate that the closing time for Okada operations is still 8:00 pm. This is regardless of the full relaxation of curfew in the State.
“The government also implores all commercial motorcyclists who are yet to register, to do so promptly.
“As of today, records show that more than 8000 forms have been issued. The government commends those who have complied and enjoined those who have not to do so quickly with their unit leaders”, it reads.