Blackmail will not reverse Okada, tricycle ban – Sanwo-Olu

Blackmail will not reverse Okada, tricycle ban – Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says no amount of blackmail and ‘uninformed criticism’ against his government will make him to reverse its decision, restricting Okada and keke NAPEP on the highways across operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada and tricycles (Keke NAPEP) in 15 Local Councils in the State. He made this known

The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says no amount of blackmail and ‘uninformed criticism’ against his government will make him to reverse its decision, restricting Okada and keke NAPEP on the highways across operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada and tricycles (Keke NAPEP) in 15 Local Councils in the State.

LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR, BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU

He made this known while speaking at the official launch of commercial operations in water transportation by Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) at an event which held at Badore Ferry Terminal in Ajah.

Sanwo-Olu stated that the enforcement became necessary in the face of growing threats to security of lives of residents of the State.

The government derived its powers from the ongoing enforcement of its Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, which placed a ban on operation of Okada and Keke in some Local Government Areas of the State on January 27, 2020, a development that has been greeted with mixed reactions from different quarters as well as violence.

The governor stated that the scary figures of accidents resulting from Okada riders’ recklessness and disobedience to traffic laws necessitated the enforcement of the laws; admitting that the decision was a tough one, but that government will not compromise on the issue of security and safety of residents

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“I agree it’s a tough decision we made regarding the restriction of Okada and Keke in some parts of Lagos but I want to say some facts, which people can debate.

“The restriction that we have done is primarily based on security and safety of lives of residents. We took the decision based on the level of danger we have seen to have happened to our people,”

“As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow Okada riders put our lives in danger. One life is more important to us than all the economic benefits to be made if we allowed them to continue.

“We understand that investment too can be critical, but keeping people alive and safe is more germane,” Sanwo-olu said.

He said the launching of commercial operations on waterways by LAGFERRY was another programme introduced by the government to address congestion on the highways

The state government would deploy over 500 buses to the routes listed in the restriction directive as alternative to ease movement, according to him.

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