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Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)

Daniel Ojukwu

Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has backed the Lagos State Government’s restriction on motorcycle and tricycle operations in some parts of the State.

Fashola who is a former governor of Lagos State, said anyone concerned about insecurity would back the move.

He also noted that the discomfort that comes with the restriction could not be dismissed but it was a price to pay for security.

Fashola had effected the Lagos Road Traffic Law in 2012, same law which the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration began enforcing on February 1 of this year.

Speaking at the fourth annual public lecture/symposium organised by the United Action for Change in Lagos on Thursday, Fashola said that the centre of excellence should not have motorcycles as its preferred means of transportation.

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The minister said, “So, for those concerned about insecurity in Lagos State, get behind your governor on the position that he has taken. I do not dismiss the concerns that have been raised on the other side, but a price must be paid. It’s a trade-off between our inconvenience and our existence.

“I know that work is going on with the trains, I know that ferries are being installed and they would take some time but in our now interest, we should bear with the government.

“The question to ask is that as the centre of excellence, are motorcycles elevated and acceptable standard of transportation?

“As a centre of excellence, motorcycles cannot be our preferred choice of transportation.

“My recommendation is that we should go back to the taxis and they have a very strong union. I’m sure government is already thinking about it, and it can use its financial balance sheets to guarantee them loans to acquire new taxis.

“No government is out to inflict pain on its people, but in the process of governance, tough calls have to be made because there are competing concerns here and there. It is also important to know that government was not acting on its own, but in response to our calls for more efficient traffic for safety, law and order.”

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