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Lagos State is Banning Okadas & Keke Napep



You know how, when you’re late for work, thanks to the ever consistent Lagos traffic, you can just decide to take an okada, or an Oride or Gokada? Well, that’s not happening anymore.

The Lagos State Government has banned all commercial motorcycles and tricycles from some local government areas in the state.

The state made the announcement on their official Twitter, revealing that the ban will begin to be enforced on February 1.

The ban will also affect 40 bridges and flyovers.

The local government areas are basically all the major commercial ones in the state: Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LGA, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate LCDA, Coker-Aguda LCDA, Ikeja LGA, Onigbongbo, LCDA, Ojodu LCDA, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, and Iru-Victoria Island LCDA, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.

The alternative for road users from Apapa, where tankers continue to block the road, and, well, all of these roads from which these easy forms of transport have been banned, where vehicular traffic remains clogged, have not been revealed.



    January 27, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Lagos State government has just created more armed robbers in Lagos State. What is the state government going to do now to create jobs to cater for the needs of these newly minted unemployed Lagossians? You have sabotaged your state economy governor. somebody just wasn’t thinking clearly before taking that decision.In Nigeria, when taking very serious decision regarding jobs. We certainly do not stop to think about the economic impact such decision will have on our economy in general. Our i don’t care attitude about the welfare of those who elected them into office by our elected leaders is what has brought us (the entire nation ) to where we currently are now. Our shambolic Democracy has continued to push us in the wrong direction. Somebody needs to stand up to show compassion/leadership to all those Okada and Keke drivers. Give them time to enable them look for other things to do before out rightly take away their source of living. They have mouths to feed, rents to pay, school fees to pay for their childrens just like you too. Now you know. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  2. by_stander

    January 28, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Okay even though I really don’t like the sight of these Okodas, I still feel this is a very very very poor decision.

    Looks like something done for someone’s personal gain, because this looks and feels like a decision that will back fire in a major way.

    Unless of cause, somehow those mobile ride-hailing services have something to do with it. BellaNaija you people sef didn’t tell us if it affects the App-Okadas as well.

    Because if they are excluded, it could provide a lot of insight.

  3. by_stander

    January 28, 2020 at 1:51 pm


    However like I said, I really don’t like the sight of Okodas and their unprofessional demeanour, I could support Lagos State on this if there is a solid reason and plan in place.

    These people provide a vital service, that has no substitute to a lot people – those people will suffer once the service is pulled and it will have a domino effect.

    Secondly and most importantly, these Okada riders make their living and are accustom to making their livelihood from this job, you can not just suddenly take that away from them without providing them an alternative or compensation, to give them time to find something else to do or adjust – that is inhumane.

    It’s not like they are rent-seeking Lawyers and Accountants that have made a fortune from destroying our country.

  4. by_stander

    January 28, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    There is also a deeper economic angle to this, in the event that these grass-root service providers are to be replaced. But that will be a discussion for another day, because this article sef is not telling me much.

  5. Hiphopde

    January 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    This is really Bad…This country doesnt care about how we feel

  6. Hiphop247

    May 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    OH! What a country We live in, This is so so bad. The Government don,t care apart us.Suffering increase, stealing now a career for most of them now. Every night and Day One Million Boys keeps terrorizing cause of this.

  7. Slim daddy

    June 2, 2020 at 10:25 am

    We are living in a messed up country, we know who the criminals are but we cant do anything because they’re the government.. its so shameful

  8. Capejams

    June 9, 2020 at 1:22 am

    This is total absurd, unacceptable and appalling. This Government is nothing to write home about. Instead of focusing on developing the state, they are focusing on what not necessary. Am really heartbroken. Innocent Men are going to die of hunger and starvation. This can even increase the rate of robbery in the state, God help US.

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