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Exclusive: Lagos Roads Scanty Over Ban Of Commercial Motorcycles

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Following the Lagos State Government’s decision on the ban of commercial motorcycles (okada) in some parts of the State, Lagos roads were scanty today as the ban commences in the State today.

Some of the places visited by AN24TV reporters to check how Lagosians and commercial motorcycles operators are complying with the directive by the Lagos State Government include Ogba, Ikeja and Agege, among others.

During exclusive interviews with some Lagosians on the ban of okada in Lagos, they expressed their different views on the ban and commended Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for taking drastic steps to end the menace of commercial motorcycles in Lagos State.

Speaking to AN24TV, Miss Chelsea, who is an Artiste spoke about the implication of the ban and stated that the ban will make those who have no mobility arrive their workplaces at late hours.

She added that the ban is for the good of all Lagosians because what the Lagos State Government has done is to ensure the security and welfare of Lagosians, which is the primary aim of government.

The Artiste also told Governor Sanwo-Olu on the need to empower those affected in the business of okada riding in the state by providing alternative means of transportation for them as means of livelihood.”This will reduce crimes and criminal activities the ban might cause in the state”, she added.

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Also speaking to AN24TV during an exclusive interview, Mr. Taiwo stated that the ban on commercial motorcycles in the state will cause a reduction in crimes and a high rate of accidents on Lagos roads.

Some other residents in Lagos as gathered by AN24TV also expressed their worries over the ban stating that the state government’s inability to check the influx of the riders, who are mostly foreign nationals and from the Northern part of the country, had contributed to okada menace in Lagos State.

They said as the enforcement commences fully today, the government should be consistent in their policymaking and implementation of the law.

“Whoever violates the law sequel to the ban of okada in the state should not go unpunished”, they added.

Meanwhile, some Lagosians also expressed different views sequel to the ban. According to them, the affected okada operators will become a real menace to their immediate communities and the state at large if drastic measures are not put in place by the Lagos State Government as the enforcement on okada ban commences fully today.

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