By Adedapo Adesanya
The Lagos State government has revealed that the ban placed on commercial motorcycles (Okada) and tricycles (Keke) in six Local Government Areas (LGAs), nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and 10 major highways has achieved over 90 percent compliance.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement on Sunday that, ”The level of compliance was over 90 percent. In fact, some of the ride hailing companies directed their riders to obey the directive. This is commendable.”
“The high level of compliance has shown that Lagosians agree with the government on the need to stop the danger that commercial motorcycles and tricycles have become a big threat to safety of lives and security of our people. They should stand firm in supporting the government.
”The little discomfort experienced by commuters on some routes due to the absence of motorcycles and tricycles is noted. This will not last, as alternatives are being rolled out.
”A fleet of 65 buses will join the others on some major routes as from Monday, Feb. 3, 2020,” Mr Omotoso added.
According to him, this will further open up the waterways, reduce travel time on various routes and provide safe, dependable and comfortable alternatives for commuters.
He added that the Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, plans to announce some measures to tackle the likely effects of the order and warned those planning on resorting to violence due to the policy, saying that the state would not permit such.
”The government hereby warns all those who are planning to unleash violence on the state because of the ongoing enforcement to have a change of heart.
“Lagosians are peace loving and law abiding people, who will not embrace any disruption of their legal activities by failed politicians hiding under the evil of unwholesome activism.
”The law enforcement agents have been directed to ensure that nobody takes the law into his hands.
”The government places a very high premium on law and order in the interest of all Lagosians. It will not fail to act when peace is threatened,” he stated.
However, during an observatory visit to major locations, Business Post gathered that some people were not pleased with the outcome that has since led to surge in prices of commercial buses (Danfo) and even other comfortable alternatives like ride-hailing cars like OCar and Uber have tripled prices as a result of high demand.
Lagosians have since resorted to walking long distance to their destinations since the motorcycles and keke alternatives have been taken off their routes.
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