The Lagos State Government has extended the ban on commercial motorcycles, better known as Okada, to four local government areas and five Local council development areas within them.
Transportation Commissioner, Frederic Oladeinde disclosed this during a briefing in Lagos on Thursday, saying that the move followed a review of the impact of a similar ban in six local government areas in the state earlier.
“Based on the apparent positive impact of the ban and the resolution of the Stakeholders’ forum, Mr. Governor has approved the ban of Okada in another four(4) LGs and their respective five (5) LCDAs for the 2nd Phase of the total ban, in addition to the on-going ban in the six (6) LGs and their respective LCDAs,” she said.
The affected council areas and LCDAs are Kosofe Local Government, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government; Shomolu Local Government, and Mushin Local Government.
Oladeinde said that the Lagos government had put measures in place to cushion the impact of the most recent ban on Okada in the commercial city, reiterating that the move is in the best interest of residents.
The commissioner said, “This decision is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to decline in accident and crime rate as well as to continue to bring sanity to our communities within the state.
“While the ban is in force, the public is advised to resort to alternative and sustainable means of transportation provided in the State such as the First and Last Mile 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 State Government has directed the Nigeria Police Force, and the Lagos Command with all relevant stakeholders (i.e Army, Navy, Air Force, other security and law enforcement formations within the State) to be complimented by the ‘Anti-Okada Squad’ that will be deployed to these new locations in a bid to stimulate seamless implementation and enforcement of the phase two ban in the state”.