Lagos State Government bans Okada, tricycles in 15 local councils, 10 highways as residents kick

Lagos State Government bans Okada, tricycles in 15 local councils, 10 highways as residents kick

The Lagos State Government has officially banned the operation of motorcycles, popularly known as Okada in the local parlance; as well as auto-rickshaws/tricycles popularly known as Keke NAPEP from operating in 15 local governments in the state.

The 15 Local Governments and Local Council Development Centres affected by the ban on Okada and tricycles include the following; Apapa, Apapa Iganmu, Lagos Mainland, Yaba, Surulere, Itire Ikate, Coker Aguda, Eti-Osa and Lagos Island. Others include Ikeja, Onigbongo, Ojodu, Ikoyi-Obalende, Iru Ikoyi-Obalande, and Lagos Island East.

Specifically, the ban takes effect from February 1, 2020.

Equally important, the ban affects the services of motorcycle ride-hailing services. These include the likes of popular players, Gokada, Opay and Max, among others.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Lagos State Governor on New Media, Jubril Gawat. Gawat communicated the ban on his personal handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Monday.

Also, the ban has been confirmed by the Lagos State Government on its official Twitter handle. In addition, it confirmed that the government has banned Okada and tricycles from plying 40 bridges and flyovers in Lagos.

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Mixed reactions trail decision by Lagos State Government

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The government had attributed its decision to the need to ensure safety of residents; while reducing the incidents of accidents caused by motorcycles and tricyles in the identified areas. Further, it cited disregard for traffic laws even as it noted that they contribute to congestion; hence the need to clear the gridlock.

In addition, the Lagos State Government has underlined its determination to serve the identified areas with buses.

Meanwhile, residents of Lagos have reacted with mixed feelings to the decision of the Lagos State Government. Indeed, while a few have hailed the ban as timely and a good move; the majority have lampooned the decision as an ill-advised one.

Equally important, 1st News has put together a cross section of reactions to the ban from Twitter.

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