No going back on Okada ban, Lagos State Government warns

Lagos state government has vowed that it would not go back on its decision to enforce the ban on motorcycle activities in the additional four Local Government Areas and six Local Council Development Areas in the state, warning that violators of the ban, whether motorcycle riders or passengers will be prosecuted in accordance with the Lagos Transport Reform Law, 2018.

Speaking at a joint press briefing, Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederick Oladeinde alongside the Commissioner for Information, Mr, Gbenga Omotosho, and Special Adviser on Transportation, Mr. Sola Giwa, reiterated Governor Babajide Sanwoolu’s resolve to implement the decision, adding that he has directed the Nigerian Police Force, and the Lagos Command with all relevant stakeholders, including the Army, Navy, Airforce, and others within the state to join hands with the “Anti-Okada Squad” in enforcing the ban.

Which LGAs and LCDAs are affected by the ban?

The Local Government Areas where the phase two ban of Okada operations in the state are to be enforced include Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Shomolu, and Mushin, while the affected LCDAs are Ikosi-Isheri, Agboyi-Ketu, Isolo, Ejigbo, Bariga, and Odi-Olowo. Lagos state government had earlier banned Okada activities in six LGAs and Nine LCDAs, which now makes it a total of 10 LGAs and 15 LCDAs.

What alternative plans are in place for Lagosians?

The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederick Oladeinde revealed that Lagos State Government would not leave commuters stranded without any viable means of transportation as a result of the ban.

According to him, the governor has “made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation such as the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme, the BRT Scheme, the Lagos e-hailing taxi Scheme (LAGRIDE) and other acceptable modes of transportation to go about their daily activities.

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“As for the riders, we have also made available existing interventions aimed at empowering citizens as an alternative means of livelihood.”