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Here are reasons Lagos may not reverse Okada ban

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the announcement of the Lagos State Government’s decision to ban motorcycles (Okada) and tricycles (keke) in major highways in Lagos.  

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The Lagos State government’s ban of ride-hailing business took another dimension today, as the operators of motorcycle, tricycle, and ride-hailing took to the streets in a protest against the directive of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

Since the announcement, commuters of commercial motorcycles and tricycles have expressed panic and apprehension as they rely on these means of transportation to move within the state to avoid being stuck in traffic for several hours. 

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Riders Protest: Ahead of the February 1st enforcement date, Riders of the OPay and Gokada bike-hailing services staged a peaceful protest on Friday to protest the ban at the Lagos state House of Assembly. 

The riders, who carried placards with inscriptions lamented that the ban would not only take their means of livelihood but also render them jobless. They have submitted a petition to the lawmakers who came out to address them afterward. 

This protest cames after Nairametrics reported that the Gokada and Max NG platforms appealed to the government to reconsider the ban, terming it insensitive as they called for regulation stating that they were compliant with the 2012 traffic law. They had also spoken about the negative impact made by the ride services in terms of job creations and investments. 

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It appears the state government is not moved as it made moves that depict it is not going back on the decision.

Instead of inviting the operators for a meeting, the government reacted to the questions and observations from commuters and operators via its Twitter handle

When asked why Gokada, Max.NG and OPay were affected despite complying to the rules of the Lagos Traffic Law, the response was; 

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They have also been found to be part of the problem. The truth is that Okada, no matter what fanciful name it is called, is not part of the Greater Lagos which we have embarked. Our youths no longer learn the trades we used to be proud of – tailoring, bricklaying, printing, painting, and others. Now we get artisans from neighbouring countries. Okada is not enduring trade.  

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Another major question that has been on the mind of users is why alternatives were not worked upon before the ban. To this, the Lagos state government said that it was because of the crucial rate in which accidents were occurring due to the bikes, therefore there was a major need to stop the “bloody encounters immediately. 

On how the young people affected by this ban would cope in the labour market, the Lagos state government said its trust fund is readily available to help young people to start businesses. 

It stated, “The government has programmes for the unemployed. The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), is very active, helping many to set up their businesses with cheap funds. The Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation has also been doing so much training young women in various and giving them some money to set up. Civic engagement has empowered many to start small scale businesses.” 

Lastly, to thquestion of how the ban would decrease crime as opposed to its increase due to the fact that many people would be left jobless and move to crime as the alternative. The response was  

“No, it won’t. Okada has been used by criminals to rob and terrorise innocent citizens. Police figures are scary. When it was banned in Kano and Edo, for instance, crime rates dropped. The law enforcement agencies are ready to fix anybody who wants to take to crime because he has lost his okada job,” it added. 

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Chidinma holds a degree in Mass communication from Caleb University Lagos and a Masters in view in Public Relations. She strongly believes in self development which has made her volunteer with an NGO on girl child development. She loves writing, reading and travelling. You may contact her via - chidinma.nwagbara@nairametrics.ng

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Bos topes

    February 1, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Am for total ban of Okada. However Okada business is the failure of successive administration in Lagos state to fix public transportation and expand road infrastructure in Lagos state. Instead of reducing the rural-urban drift, they are encouraging it by concentrating Government infrastructures and development to Lekki-Ajah linked to Epe axis, Victoria Island, Ikeja axis only. On job creation through LSETF, this government is just a scam. 90% of beneficiaries of LSETF are political party members and faithfuls. Lagos requires an holistic solution.

  2. Godwin onah

    February 2, 2020 at 10:40 am

    I personally ask Lagos state government to help us or give us time small because of our family know how to derive a car or bus but I don’t have the money to buy a buy or car, ask for today now I have four children and my wife is pregnant, if I have anhappyy body to buy bus or car for me i would be great and happy,know body, will the beginning the Lagos state government

  3. Godwin onah

    February 2, 2020 at 10:48 am

    I personally ask Lagos state government to help us or give us time small because of our family,i know how to derive a car or bus but I don’t have the money to buy a buy or car, ask for today now I have four children and my wife is pregnant, if I have any body to buy bus or car for me i would be great and happy,know body, will the begin the Lagos state government to help us oooooooo, my name is Godwin onah

  4. Anonymous

    February 3, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Well it unfair what the government decision on okada ban, they are robbing the people their means of survival, who said the crime rate will decrease, wad there any jobs created before the ban on okada

  5. Abdullahi muhammed

    February 3, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Comment:well I love the atmosphere of lagos right now but its not safe like this we need more and more security because of some stone heart..
    Lagos state government need to provide other means of transportation fast to help citizens of d state. Thank you

  6. Anonymous

    February 3, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    This is rubbish, banning them without providing an alternative for them to earn a living.

  7. John

    February 3, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    The OKADA BAN in Lagos State has positive and negative effects on Lagos State residents. Yes, it’s no doubt it will lessen the risk of encountering accidents, but with the amount of traffic jam that occurs in Lagos, motor bikes have helped people a lot in reaching their destinations on time. So I hope the Lagos State Government removes the ban and find a way to improve their Traffic regulation system in other to reduce accident occurrence. I blog often and truly appreciate your content. The article has really gotten my interest. I am going to bookmark your blog and keep checking for new details every week. Follow the link below to reach my website and check out its contents. Please let me know if this okay with you. Many Thanks!

  8. yohana zadaku

    February 3, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Comment: my own idea is let the government of the state create something for those okada rider BC you cannot destroy and not bringing the solution for the matter and failure to do so god is watching you people

  9. Anonymous

    February 3, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t really understand what the governor want this okada riders to do….instead they will be more joblessness…… Biko please help the poor cox this is the only means of feeding the family

  10. Anonymous

    February 3, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    I total support the government on this one. These bike riders are serial killers, it appears no one is noting the influx of strange faces on the street if Lagos posing as okoda riders.
    God save us

  11. Asuquo

    February 4, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    My question is that? For stressing their lives would it ends the crime others dubious things that are going on in Lagos?
    Nigeria Government have human felling for once. Government should consider the fact that there is no Alternative
    Way for their living hood. Perhaps some of them are jobless,

  12. Oluwatoni

    February 7, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    The honest truth is that government does not have good structure.They just pretend that they have the people at heart while they do things in their selfish interest.All the roads are bad which is one of the major causes of traffic in Lagos state.They banned both Okada and Maruwa without providing alternative means for the masses.Even if you want to do this,Maruwa should be left out while you provide alternative means for the citizen.Is this the solution to our problems ?If the goverments have cotinuity in their plan,they would have put so many things in place before the situation get to this stage.
    Go to Cotonu,the Okada riders obey traffic light and other rules of riding their bikes.What stops Nigerians Okada riders from obeying traffic light and other rules in riding their bikes ?There should be a strigent policy to put a check to these people instead cutting their means of livelihood suddenly.Things are just going kinda turpsy turvy.

  13. Adimorah Nzube

    February 16, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I don’t understand the whole issue with Okada when they’re not making plans for alternatives. Besides, there’s were never a warning prior to the ban… Nigeria and Lagos State government need to do better. We all own this country…

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