The Lagos State government recently announced the decision to ban motorcycles and tricycles, popularly known as Okada and Keke Marwa respectively, from plying major highways and selected roads in 15 local councils of the state.
The new law, which took full effect on Saturday, February 1 is already taking its toll on Lagosians because many have taken to Twitter to air their displeasure. Following the ban, some residents were stranded at bus-stops on Monday, February 3, others resorted to trekking several kilometers to their destinations while horses were also seen on the road.
According to TVC News, some tricycle operators and motorcycle riders had reportedly gathered at the Ijora causeway axis of Apapa road, setting bonfires to protest the restriction order by the state government on them. The police reportedly tried to stop the protest and this led to a clash between the parties.
Check out their reactions below:
With the Lagos #OkadaBan, we appear, as usual, to have gone for the option that involved the least thought & planning from a public policy perspective. If you are introducing 65 buses & 14 new ferries from tomorrow, introduce them first and watch it work before announcing a ban.
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) February 3, 2020
The main cause of traffic in Lagos is Danfo but your government thinks banning Okada and Napep that is saving lives is the solution. Someone who wakes up by 5am to beat traffic will have to start waking up by 3. Your government lacks human emotional intelligence #OkadaBan #Otrek
— Dr PamPam | Omo Iya Ologi (@UnclePamilerin) February 3, 2020
You canceled bikes and Tricycles but no other alternative means of livelihood for these people that are affected. What will they eat pending the time this is fixed properly? #OkadaBan
— CHINKO EKUN ? (@ChinkoTiger) February 3, 2020
As expected Okada Riders & Keke Riders in Lagos have started protesting, they are Stoning Buses & Burning Tyres.
— King Nonny ? (@Zaddy_nomso) February 3, 2020
Who are the Transportation experts that designed this plan? I doubt there were. The chaotic consequences of the #Okadaban cannot be said to be unintended. How many people did okadas/kekes move on the banned routes? What were the alternatives presented BEFORE the ban?
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) February 3, 2020
— Lola Okunrin (@lollypeezle) February 2, 2020
You can’t totally blame the government’s decision on #OkadaBan. Yes there should have been a palliative measure in place to cushion the effect of the shock on the people but on the other hand, if there were no Okadas, Igbobi hospital won’t be congested today.
— ???????? ????? (@CRawkeen) February 3, 2020
14 ferries and 65 buses for a population of 18 million? #okadaban
Let me just be quiet.
In London alone there are 8,600 buses in the bus fleet, operating on 700 routes, serving 19,000 bus stops serving a population. Of 8.7 million.
— OBOGlobal (@OBOGlobal) February 2, 2020
— ghost ? (@__papilo_) February 3, 2020
Seeing Lagosians stranded at bus-stops, people trekking to their various destinations & spend more on t-fare is enough to conclude that Sanwo-Olu is clueless.
I'm not even against the ban, but doing this without alternative provision is HEARTLESS.#OkadaBan
— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) February 1, 2020
Let me analysis the far reaching effect of the #OkadaBan and Keke to Nigerians.
1. Increase in Crime Rate.
2. Increase in cost of living
3. Loss of lives during an emergency.
4. Low sale of Fuel for Filling Stations.
5. No more sale Vulcanizers
6. Increase in Lateness to work
— Youngichu™❁ (@youngichu) February 2, 2020
If Lagos State Government wants to ban #Okada and tricyclea so that Lagos can look like other mega cities, then they should provide the transportation alternatives that those mega cities have e.g underground railway system and electric trains to decongest the roads. #OkadaBan
— DR.PENKING (@drpenking) February 2, 2020
Most okada riders are street boys who chose a legit hustle rather than going into robbery or kidnapping and now that they've being banned, guess what they will be doing to make ends meet???!#OkadaBan
— Sir Vage ? (@sammie_chika) February 2, 2020
— Ayemojubar ? (@ayemojubar) February 2, 2020
I just want to tell you that #OkadaBan in Lagos is very bad, the traffic in Lagos will now be mad..i will not be surprised if someone tells me he/she spend 10hrs on road within Lagos. pic.twitter.com/DW15qyEL9z
— A.j (@Adusco_) February 3, 2020
I wonder why we don't have reasonable leaders. You failed to create Jobs for people yet you are taking the ones they have. If today is like this in Lagos what will happen on Monday?
You don't talk about mega city when civil and economic rights are denied @RealOlaudah#OkadaBan pic.twitter.com/DGXpTC7Fpy
— AGBATOR SOLOMON O (@primus231_) February 1, 2020