Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, has authorized a complete ban on the operations of commercial motorcycle riders, also known as “Okada riders,” in four additional local government areas (LGAs) and respective Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state, beginning on September 1.
Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, the Commissioner for Transportation, made the announcement on Thursday, August 18, 2022.
He said the decision was made following a review of the earlier ban on commercial motorcycles operation in six LGAs. According to him, the state government took the decision in the best interest of the generality of the residents; and for security reasons.
Kosofe LGA, Oshodi-Isolo LGA, Shomolu LGA, and Mushin LGA are the additional LGAs where the whole Okada prohibition is enforced. The LCDAs include Ikosi-Isherri, Agboyi-Ketu, Isolo, Bariga, and Odi-Olowo.
“For the purpose of emphasis, the state government is now banning Okada operations in a bid to further promote the safety and security of lives and properties in the state,” he said.
“This decision is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to decline in Accident and Crime rate; as well as to continue to bring sanity to our communities within the state.
“While the ban is in force, we advised the public to resort to alternative and sustainable means of transportation provided in the State; such as the First and Last Mile Transport Scheme, the BRT Scheme, the Lagos e-hailing taxi Scheme (Lagride); and other acceptable mode of transportation to go about their daily activities.
“Furthermore, the state government’s existing interventions aimed at empowering her citizens should equally be accessed as an alternative means of livelihood for the affected riders.
He further added, “It is important to inform Lagosians that our help lines are still very active…your feedbacks will further enhance our strategies; as the protection of lives and properties is a collective responsibility of all. For complaint and feedback, kindly call any of the following lines: 09038208154, 09169655855, 09034810153 and 0903309082615.”
Recall that in May, Sanwo-Olu outlawed the use of commercial motorbikes on highways; as well as in six local governments and nine LCDAs. The governor declared the ban to be “indefinite and total.”
The governor named Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa as the six local governments. The ban followed the February 2020 restriction placed on the activities of commercial motorcycles.
According to Sanwo-Olu, the State’s Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018 guided the decision to immediately address the threat Okada activities cause in the designated locations. He instructed the police to uphold the ruling without exception.