CEM REPORT | The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced a total ban of commercial motorcycle operators otherwise known as Okada riders in Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa with effect from June 1, 2022.
Sanwo-Olu pronounced the ban at a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) at the State House in Alausa.
The total and indefinite ban, according to the Governor, is coming barely 2 days after a task force in the state embarked on a serious clampdown of Okada riders on the Lekki axis. This is sequel to the February 2020, restriction placed on the activities of these okada riders in these areas.
Sanwo-Olu, who told the police to enforce the order without compromise, said the state government took the decision in line with the State’s Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018 to immediately address the chaos and menace created by the operations of Okada in the listed areas.
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The Governor said, “After a critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six Local Government Areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated. We are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within these six Local Government and their Local Council Development Areas, effective from June 1, 2022.
“This is a phased ban we are embarking on this period, and we expect that within the short while when this ban will be enforced, Okada riders in other places where their activities are yet to be banned can find something else to do. We have given the notice now and we expect all commercial motorcycles plying the routes in the listed councils and areas to vacate the highways before enforcement begins. The enforcement will be total.”