- It has been four weeks since the Lagos state government imposed a ban on commercial motorcycles in some large parts of the state
- At least six Local government counties and nine boroughs were affected by the restriction on motorcycling
- However, there was a big outcry in some counties advocating commercial use of motorbikes for the state government as an alternative livelihood offer
Following the ban on commercial motorcycles in some large parts of Lagos state, there is a call for the government of Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu to come up with alternative To create livelihoods for people affected by the ban.
In response to the state government’s decision, Gidado stated that the state government must address other aspects affected by the decision ung will be affected.
“We can’t ju We make laws and say we make bans. We also need to look at other aspects of the bans.
“All stakeholders must be involved. For example, an influx of three million people who have come to Lagos in the meantime are people involved in commercial motorcycles. What happens to these types of people who exit the market? So I automatically think that the government has to think about creating employment opportunities, they have to make sure that people’s livelihoods are improved.
“The people who were denied this will definitely come back to the streets in a situation where there is no work.”
Gidado calls for rehabilitation of major thoroughfares in Lagos
The annual organizer of the campus journalism prize noted that it is necessary for local councils across the state to fix the bad, deplorable roads on the various streets of each community.
< blockquote>” Another thing we need to look at closely in relation to the ban is that many roads in Lagos are not good and only motorcycles could drive on those roads.
“For example , let’s talk about strengthening i.e he local government. They don’t expect the federal government to go ahead and start repairing roads. So these are the roads that local governments need to create. So they think there is a need for us to strengthen our local government.”
Gidado went further to advocate for commercial motorcyclists, noting that the frequent rate of traffic congestion in the states is increasing, motorcycles are the only alternative for commuters to get to their various destinations on time.
List of 6 LGAs, 9 LCDAs where Okada can no longer operate in Lagos
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government says six LGAs and nine LCDAs have been affected by the ban.
This was in a Contains a statement signed by Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu when he directed security forces to enforce the ban in the listed councils.
The full list includes: Apapa, Iganmu LCDA, Ikeja , Ojodu LCDA, Onigbongbo LCDA, Lagos Island, Lagos Island West LCDA, Lagos Island East LCDA, Lagos Mainland, Yaba LCDA, Surulere, Coker Aguda LCDA and Itire-Ikate LCDA.
Okada Ban: Lagos Police to Arrest and Prosecute Passengers
In a further development, the Lagos State Government says it will not condone any action or violation of law and order as there will be severe consequences.
Recently Lagos State Police seized 150 motorcycles traveling on the highways of restricted areas in Lagos State.
Similarly, passengers were warned not to patronize Okada drivers as they otherwise arrested and prosecuted.