Lagos State Government has reiterated that the ban on commercial motorcycles popularly called ‘okada’ in ten Local Government Areas (LGAs) and fifteen Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the metropolis remains intact.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Sola Giwa, stated this while touring some restricted areas within the state, where large numbers of motorcyclists (okada riders) had resumed operations.
He implored the public to comply as both the riders and passengers are both liable to three years in prison if apprehended and prosecuted, with their motorcycles impounded and crushed in the public view, in line with the provision of Section 46, sub-section 1, 2 & 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL), 2018.
While soliciting for support on government policies, the Special Adviser noted that despite the available existing interventions and alternatives provided for okada operators to cushion the effect of the ban on their livelihood, the recalcitrant riders have refused to take advantage.
He added that the security formations partnering with the State Government including the Police Force, Army, Navy, and Air force as well as Traffic Management Authority and Anti-Okada Squad are on ground to sustain enforcement on the banned corridors.