CEM REPORT | Violations of the ban on commercial motorcycle operators (Okada) in Lagos State risk a three-year jail term.
The Commissioner for Transport, Frederic Oladeinde, during a news conference in Ikeja, noted that the Phase 2 okada ban which takes effect from Friday, was in four Local Government Areas and six Local Government Development Councils.
“We implore the general public to comply, as both the rider and passenger are both liable to three years in prison if prosecuted.
“Their motorcycles will be impounded and crushed in the public view, in line with the provision of Section 46, sub-section 1, 2 & 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL), 2018.
“We implore the general public to join hands together with the state government by complying with the decision geared towards combating the monster that okada operation has created so that sanity can return to our state.”
He also added that 200 officials of the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had been deployed to join other security agencies to enforce the ban in the councils.
Oladeinde stated that the extension of the ban to four more LGAs and LCDAs is in the right direction, to ensure the security of lives and property.
“As a responsive government, we are not leaving the affected passengers stranded without any viable means of transportation, that is why we have made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation.
“The alternative transportation includes the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme, the BRT Scheme, the Lagos e-hailing taxi Scheme (LAGRIDE) and other acceptable modes of transportation, to go about their daily activities.
“The decision and position of the government on okada is very clear, and we are not compromising on this decision, which is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to the decrease in accidents and crime. ”
Recall that in August the state government declared a total ban on another four LGAs and six LCDAs mainly in Kosofe (Ikosi-Isheri and Agboyi-Ketu LCDAs); Mushin (Odi-Olowo LCDA); Oshodi (Oshodi-Isolo and Ejigbo LCDAs), and Shomolu (Bariga LCDA).
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, also reiterated that the government was not leaving the okada riders stranded.
Mr Omotoso said the riders could approach the government as a cooperative to get the first and last mile buses.