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Lagos State Government promises Banned Commercial Motorcylists New Jobs

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In the wake of the recent ban on commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders from major roads in Lagos state, many of them have been thrown out of jobs. They have had to abandon the business, as the new traffic law prohibits them from plying major roads and bridges in the state.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, however said yesterday that the Lagos State Government is working on a number of options to engage genuine commercial motorcycle operators, recently thrown out of jobs as a result of the implementation of the new traffic law, in meaningful ventures.

Punch reports that at the 11th Business Forum of the Lagos State University’s MBA Heritage held on Lagos Island on Wednesday, Mr. Opeifa said the state government would re-register the operators and provide the genuine ones adversely affected by the policy with other job opportunities.

“We are resolute about the Road Traffic Law; there is no going back on it. But we are going to re-certify the okada operators resident in Lagos.

“We are going to start a registration process, and in the process, if we discover those who have skills, we will send them to the skill acquisition centres established by the state government to hone these skills.

“Some of them could be absorbed into the LAGBUS as conductors and drivers. We also have agriculture, where some of them can also be useful. Apart from our farms in Lagos, we have bought landed property in Ogun State and Abuja, and we are going to buy more in Benue for agriculture. So, the options are there for them.”

The Lagos state government has continued to emphasize that there would be no going back on the ban of Okada riders on major roads in the state. It is therefore now pertinent for them to seek alternative sources of income. However, do you think the offer made by the state government in areas of skill acquisition, agriculture, bus driving and so on are realistic?

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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

12 Comments

  1. fidelia

    November 9, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Hmmmmmmmmm……….

  2. Anon

    November 9, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Not sustainable….register how? How will you determine if had a bike before? Some people just like the press

  3. NNENNE

    November 9, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Absolutely.

  4. Mona

    November 9, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Sounds like a good plan

  5. choclate

    November 9, 2012 at 4:00 am

    not bad

  6. Osezy

    November 9, 2012 at 5:58 am

    it is one thing to promise and another to fulfill the promise
    http://osezy.blogspot.com

  7. Tunmi

    November 9, 2012 at 6:24 am

    I will applaud them on this, this is what they should have done before but at least they are doing it now.

  8. Duvy

    November 9, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Well, I think its a start. We need to move away from criticisms to offering valid suggestions. I do think though that more options may be required as the options provided are limited.

  9. Doks

    November 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Fair enough. What about transport alternatives though? More buses perhaps? the crowds at bus stop these days is disheartening

  10. princess.almroof

    November 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

    plz promise and fulfill it oh

  11. slimzyose

    November 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

    dey shld hve done dis b4 dey annouced d ban,so wat wil dey (okada riders) b doing to sustain demselves while waiting 4 dis “new jobs”,dis is shit joor

  12. Mr akintunde hammed

    January 13, 2013 at 12:22 am

    The state gov would have informed them instead of banning then unexpectelly which is very bad, i think this democrazy is the gov of the people made by the people and for the people….

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