…Says The Game Is Over For Operators
The Lagos State Government today warned motorcyclists and tricycle operators in the state that restriction on Okada riders from plying bridges, major highways in the state was still in force.
In addition, the government also directed law enforcement agencies in the state “to immediately and continuously embark on enforcement on all restricted routes”.
The State Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, gave the directive at a press conference at Alausa in Ikeja today.
A statement titled, “LASG Reads Riot Act To Motorcyclists, Tricycle Operators” issued by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Gboyega Akosile, the transport commissioner stated that the game was over for traffic offenders, especially the menace and impunity of commercial motorcycles also known as Okada and tricycles’ operators popularly called Keke Marwa in the state.
The statement reads in part, “Following the flagrant violation of the traffic laws and other anomalies on the roads, Lagos State Government on Thursday read the riot act to motorcycle and tricycle operators, noting that the restriction on them from plying 10 major highways, 40 bridges and roads within six local governments and nine Local Council Development Areas in the state is still in force.
“The State Government also expressed government’s displeasure at the disobedience to the Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL) 2018 which restricts the operations of commercial motorcycles riders known as Okada and driving against traffic, known as one way driving.”
The statement also quoted Oladeinde as saying that, “In spite of all the efforts of Mr. Governor to reform our transport sector, it is therefore disheartening to note a lot of our people are still going against the extant law of the state on transport operation and safe driving on our roads and in our communities. The State Government prioritises the safety and security of the people. As a government, we cannot continue to watch this lawlessness develop into an uncontrollable situation.
“I say the game is over because in the last few months, we have witnessed a lot of security and safety challenges apparently as a result of the activities of unscrupulous ‘Okada riders.’ “These operators do not only violate the provisions of the Transport Sector Reform Law of Lagos State, 2018 with respect to restriction of areas of operations, but perpetrate crime using their motorcycles.”
“With the upsurge in the number of commercial motorcycle operators, we shall intensify our enforcement strategy. This we intend to carry out along with the various transport union leaders. We will set up a joint enforcement team to ensure that our roads are sanitised from the menace of okada riders.
“We hereby direct all law enforcement agencies; Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Taskforce and the Nigerian Police to immediately and continuously embark on enforcement on all restricted routes.”