Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has on Wednesday, May 18, barred the operations of commercial motorbikes in six local government areas of the state.
During a meeting with state police chiefs, Governor Sanwo-Olu announced the ban, calling it “complete and indefinite.”
The latest development comes few days after some commercial motorcyclists lynched three men and burnt one of them to death over a misunderstanding along Admiralty way, Lekki phase 1.
Ikeja, Surulere, Eto-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa are among the affected local councils, according to the governor.
Sanwo-Olu was quoted as saying in a statement issued after the meeting;
After a critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six local government areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated.
We are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within these six local government and their local council development areas, effective from June 1, 2022.
He said the move will be extended to other areas of the state within a short while.
The Governor added;
This is a phased ban we are embarking on this period, and we expect that within the short while when this ban will be enforced, Okada riders in other places where their activities are yet to be banned can find something else to do.
Sanwo-Olu, who said the current action was in accordance with the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, urged the police to implement the restriction strictly.
He also recommended inhabitants of the state use other modes of transportation offered by the government instead of patronising Okada riders on the highways.
He explained that this is critical because motorcycles are a dangerous means of transportation.
We have provided Last-Mile buses in the affected areas; they are working and effective. We also have medium-capacity buses and high-capacity buses working in these areas. Before the end of the year, we are also bringing the rail along these corridors with their terminals. We have provided jetties as well to provide alternatives.
We will not sit back and watch criminally-minded people use that mode of transportation (motorcycles) to perpetrate crimes and criminality in Lagos. Lives are being lost on a daily basis, preventable accidents are happening every day and the riders are not respecting any of our traffic laws.
The situation has led to a complete breakdown of law and order. This ban has come to stay and we will not tolerate any weakness in enforcement.