Lagos State Awaits Stakeholders Recommendation Before Ban On Okada

Yemisi Izuora

Lagos State Government has stepped down enforcement of ban on illegal operations of commercial motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) on restricted routes across the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso said this on Monday in Ikeja, while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the state’s Security Council Meeting.

Omotoso said the state government would not be taking definitive action against the restriction of commercial motorcycles and tricycles until after the consideration.

According to him, relevant parties and stakeholders have reached out to the government with suggestions and recommendations that can be adopted to proffer a win-win solution on the matter.

The commissioner said the Security Council was currently considering the suggestions and recommendations submitted before coming up with definite plans on the issues.

“We have just concluded our routine security meeting, during which the  issue of commercial motorcycles  and tricycles was discussed exhaustively. For now, no major decision will be taken on the matter. There are several factors for this development, but the main reason is to reckon with various opinions expressed by stakeholders”We’ll not take definitive action against restricting commercial motorcycles, tricycles until after considering stakeholders’ views.

“So many people have made representations to the government concerning commercial motorcycles and tricycles, including human rights groups, unionists and traders. They came up with many reasonable observations; all their views have been collated and are being considered”.

“We feel it will not be good enough for the government to make final decision on the matter without considering the opinions of  stakeholders. That will be against the spirit of democracy for which the Sanwo-Olu administration stands,” he said.

Omotoso said the security of lives of Lagos residents and safety of visitors remained paramount to the government and would not be  compromised.

He said the ongoing enforcement of the extant Traffic Laws and Okada restriction would continue, pending the final decisions of the security council.

Omotoso said that advocacy was currently ongoing to sensitise riders of motorcycles and tricycles on the need to obey traffic laws.

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