Okada, tricycle ban: Lagosians groan, call for review of order

Posted by Lukman Olabiyi | 3 February 2020 | 700 times

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•Okada riders in Lagos

The adverse effect of the ban of okada and tricycle operations in 15 councils, major highways and all bridges across the state had made some Lagosians to call for review of the order banning their operation.

The law which took effect on February 1, witnessed massive compliance as major roads and highways in the state were deserted by okada and tricycle riders on Saturday and Sunday.

But several commuters have to pay the price as many were seen trekking long distance as there were no okada riders to take them to their destinations.

Passengers in areas such as  Agege, Abule Egba, Ogba, Allen Avenue Roundabout, Kudrat Abiola Way, Ikorodu Garage,  Maryland, Awolowo Road, Ikeja, Shitta, Ijesha, Cele Bus stop, Ojuelegba, Mushin,  Okota and Iyana-Isolo were left stranded at bus stops while some decided to take the long walk down to their  various destination.

Law enforcement officials and their patrol vehicles were spotted on all the highways and major roads that were outlined by the state government to enforce the law.

Our correspondent who spoke with some commuters who felt the pains of the ban, many of them called on the government to review the law because of its adverse effect on them.

Atoyebi Atoyegbe, a resident of Okota area, expressed displeasure with the ban, noted that the government didn’t provided alternative means of transport but wanted to enforce order that would suffer the helpless masses.

According to him, what the government would gain with enforcement of the law could not be compared to what the helpless commuters are going through.

“The pain is too much, it is unbearable. Government should do something to reduce the suffering; government needs to review the law in order to accommodate these transporters in some areas,” he said.

Another commuter who identified himself as Mr. Makinde also pleads with the state government to review the order because of its adverse effect on commuters.

He said the ban was a good move in a wrong direction, noting that what the government wants to achieve with the ban was not up to the pains the masses were experiencing.

Another commuter, Edith Ajayi who resides around Ogba and works at Oregun said government should consider the plight of the commuters.

She said the suffering is too much because 70 percent of people around Ogba, Ojodu/Berger, Ojota and the rest depend solely on okada and tricycles as their mean of transportation.

Ajayi pleaded with government for the review of the ban. (The Sun)


Source: News Express

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