Lagos State government has announced that the compliance level on the ban of a commercial motorcycle ‘Okada’ and tricycle ‘Keke Napep’ is over 90%.
Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, has in a statement on Sunday, applauded the operators of both Okada and Keke Napep for complying with the restriction in six local government areas, major highways and bridges.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the enforcement of the State Security Council’s ban order on Okada and Keke Napep began on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
”The level of compliance was over 90%. 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 the 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, February 3, 2020,” said Omotoso.
In stating the state government’s plan to provide a better alternative to Okada and Keke Napep, Omotoso said about 550 more buses were being expected into the sate and 14 ferries would be commissioned on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
While addressing the effect of the ban, the Omotoso said doing so will further open up the waterways, reduce travel time on various routes and provide safe and dependable alternatives for commuters, while stating that there will be job losses but, ”the Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, planned to announce some measures to tackle the likely effects of the order.”
Omotoso, however, stated that the ban was a collective decision of various agencies, such as the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Office of Civic Engagement, Lagos State Parks and Gardens (LASPARK), and a lot more others.
”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,” Omotoso said.