LAGOS BANS MOTORCYCLES and TRICYCLES IN 15 LOCAL Governments and Council Development Areas, and also on all major bridges and highways.
Written by admin on January 28, 2020
WRITTEN BY OMOLARA OMOSANYA
The Lagos State Government has banned motorcycles, popularly called Okada and tricycles widely known as Keke Marwa/ NAPEP in 15 local governments and Council Development Areas.
The affected Local Governments are; Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Surulere, Ikeja, Eti-Osa and Lagos Island, while the Local Council Development Areas, LCDA, include Yaba, Itire-Ikate, Coker-Aguda and Onigbongbo.
The other LCDAs are; Ojodu, Ikoyi-Obalende, Iru- Victoria Island as well as Lagos Island East
The operators are also banned from plying all major roads and all bridges within the State as well as all major Expressways.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso announced this at a joint news briefing with his counterparts in the Ministry of Justice and Transportation.
Mr Omotosho who said the decision to fully enforce the Lagos State’s traffic laws was arrived at after due consultation with critical stakeholders and members of the public, revealed that 600 persons had died from Okada and Keke Marwa related accidents between 2015 to 2019, out of the ten thousand reported accidents.
“The figures are scary. From 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone. This number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals. The total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as at date.
The rate of crimes aided by Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) keeps rising. Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) are also used as getaway means by criminals. After a robust assessment of the debate on what has been widely referred to as the Motorcycle (Okada) and Tricycle (Keke) Menace, the Lagos State Government and the State Security Council have decided that the security and safety of lives of Lagosians are paramount” Mr Omotosho said.
The Commissioner also revealed that full enforcement of the ban would commence on the first of February across the State and violators would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Responding to questions from journalists, the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Frederic Oladehinde confirmed that the ban affects all forms of motorcycles especially those owned by hailing companies such as Opay, Gokada, and Max.ng.
The Commissioners gave an assurance that the State Government would roll out buses and other forms of conveyance in the coming days to cover the gap expected to be created from the absence of the banned motorcycles and tricycles.