AGAINST the backdrop of the growing menace and nuisance constituted by commercial motorcycles, (Okada), the Lagos State Government has imposed a fresh ban to curtail the unruly activities of the riders.
According to reports, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, announced a total ban on okada on all highways across six Local Government Areas (LGAs) and nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the State.
The Governor gave out the directive at a meeting with Commissioner of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) at the State House in Alausa.
He said: “After critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six Local Government Areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated.
"We are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within these six Local Government and their Local Council Development Areas, effective from June 1, 2022.
“This is a phased ban we are embarking on this period, and we expect that within the short while when this ban will be enforced, Okada riders in other places where their activities are yet to be banned can find something else to do.
"We have given the notice now and we expect all commercial motorcycles plying the routes in the listed councils and areas to vacate the highways before enforcement begins. The enforcement will be total.”
Sanwo-Olu advised residents patronising Okada riders on highways to embrace the alternative transport schemes already provided by the Government to plan their journey.
He said the Government had provided Last Mile Buses, medium-capacity, and high-capacity buses in the affected areas for the convenience of commuters.
Effective from June 1, 2022, the Governor directed security operatives to enforce the proscription order across the listed councils. The affected councils are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi has directed his men to ensure the complete enforcement of the Governor’s order in the listed councils and areas.
Meanwhile, Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the development, and most of them are sceptical about the enforcement of the ban.
Read screenshots of some of their reactions below;