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Here’s What Lagos State is going to do to make the Motorcycle Ban Easier on Commuters

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In a bid to reduce the hardship caused by the recent ban on commercial motorcycles and tricycles, the Lagos State Government has said it will deploy a fleet of 65 buses and 14 ferries along major routes on Monday.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, in a Twitter statement, said that the government was not unaware of the difficulty that the ban on Okada and Keke may cause on commuters, so the government is taking steps to cushion the effect. He wrote:

A fleet of 65 buses will join the others on some major routes as from Monday, February 3, 2020: No less than 550 more buses are being expected. Besides, 14 ferries will be commissioned on Tuesday. This will further open up the waterways, reduce travel time on various routes and provide safe, dependable and comfortable alternatives for commuters.

He also praised motorcycle and tricycle operators for complying with the restriction from six local government areas, major highways and bridges.

The level of compliance was over 90 percent . In fact, some of the ride-hailing companies directed their riders to obey the directive. This is commendable. The high level of compliance has shown that Lagosians agree with the government on the need to stop the danger that commercial motorcycles and tricycles have become a big threat to safety of lives and security of our people. They should stand firm in supporting the government.

The little discomfort experienced  by commuters on some routes due to the absence of motorcycles and tricycles is noted. This will not last as alternatives are being rolled out. Lagosians are peace loving and law abiding people, who will not embrace any disruption of their legal activities by failed politicians hiding under the evil of unwholesome activism. The law enforcement agents have been directed to ensure that nobody.

Lagos state recently banned the operation of motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) in some local government areas and local council development areas. The government also listed highways, bridges and roads where it banned motorcycles and tricycles from operating in the state.

4 Comments

  1. by_stander

    February 3, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    (PT1)
    It is obvious that someone is out to sabotage Governor Sanwo-Olu with this half-baked idea, he was doing so well up until now. Ill give him A+ for boldness though, because you have to have balls-of-steel to do something like this that causes so much disruption to people’s lives without even giving them sufficient warning.

    I also wonder how he didn’t see this coming, could it be true that our leaders no matter how good they are somehow get messed-up in office? could it be that someone is feeding them something that messes-up their reasoning in office?

    Why don’t we ban all airlines after a plane crash? they cant even ban Chinese people during Corona. It is Nigerians and their livelihood that doesn’t have any value. I don’t see how they will not have to compensate all those affected by this.

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  2. by_stander

    February 3, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    (PT2)
    All this talk of developed nations sef, do you know they have bike-lanes and safety-lanes? why can’t you create that for okoda if safety is a problem? Is your record showing you that Okodas are exploding on their own or are they getting hit by other vehicles?

    Are they riding into walls and into the ocean?

    The e-hailing Okadas are providing hard data of their safety record and value proposition, and even referencing the law that its illegal to ban their own type of bike, yet some illiterate-in-government is playing spin doctor or maybe they are just rent-seeking lawyers and accountants doing the thing they do best?

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  3. by_stander

    February 3, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    (PT3)
    Why don’t you ban/fine an individual rider that breaks traffic-rules? or even seize the bike until they complete a mandatory evaluation sef?

    In-fact this is now putting government in a bind, and becomes more complex with regulations. Not too mention now you are happy to spend tax-payers money on something they are not demanding for and wiping away what others have already invested in. Na wa ooh or is the bus and fairy free?

    I can swear there is a money trail somewhere in this ban, it looks fantastically like some rent-seeker is out to make easy money from it. The flimsy and poorly researched excuse sef is a give-away, i can bet you it’s just now they are going to start looking for accident-victim data whether forged or not.

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  4. Rachael

    February 4, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    My question is after the ban, where do they take all the bikes and tricycles to?

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