The latest ban imposed on the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, in six Local Governments and nine local council development areas of Lagos State by the state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has generated anxiety among commuters.
According to the Lagos State Government, enforcement of the ban on the operations of Okada commences today.
Recall that The Quest had reported on May 18, 2022 that the governor had banned bike operators in response to the increasing accusations of abuse of means of transportation in some parts of Lagos.
With effect from June 1, 2022, the governor directed security operatives to enforce the proscription order across the councils: Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa Local Government Areas.
Several commuters are seen stranded across the areas in desperation to reach their destinations in the state.
To address the anxiety, the Lagos State Government has said there is no need for any anxiety over the planned enforcement of the Okada ban as it had put plans in place to reduce the negative effects of the ban.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, in a statement, said measures have been put in place to forestall any disturbance, adding that the ban will be enforced without any compromise.
“There is no need for any anxiety over the enforcement of the ban, which has been hailed by the majority of Lagosians as a reinforcement of the Lagos Traffic Law 2012 (amended in 2018),” the statement read in part.