Angry residents of Lagos have lamented the ban on operations of motorcycles and tricycle riders; imposed by the Lagos State Government and which came into force on Saturday, February 1st 2020. Indeed, many have stated that the Okada ban has made life even more difficult.
1st News reports that the Lagos State Government had 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.
Also, 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.
Equally important, the ban affects the services of motorcycle ride-hailing services. Specifically, these include the likes of popular players, Gokada, Opay and Max, among others.
The ban, which was enforced by security operatives effective Saturday, resulted in several residents trekking for long distances. Investigations by 1st News reveal that there was a huge rush at most bus-stops for the few available buses. Consequently, some bus operators took advantage of the okada ban to hike their fares to exorbitant amounts; resulting in many who could not afford the hike having to walk in the absence of alternatives.
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Further, some Lagosians who spoke to 1st News disclosed that the buses plying the routes on which the okada ban was in place were grossly insufficient to cater to the crowds. As a result, there was a mad rush whenever a bus pulls up; a situation which results in injuries for some.