The Lagos state government, in conjunction with the state’s police command, will implement the ban on commercial motorcycles in six local governments and nine local council development areas of the state today, June 1st 2022.

Driving the news 
The Lagos Ferry Services has deployed more boats and increased the number of commercial trips by these boats in areas affected by the ban to unburden the traffic implications of the ban on residents of the state.

What they are saying
In a public statement, the Head, Public Affairs, LAGFERRY, Akeem Odusina noted that the influx of boats would be at the terminals affected by the ban. 

  • The terminals and jetties include the Badore terminal, Ipakodo terminal, Ikorodu, Five Cowries terminal, Ikoyi terminal, CMS/Victoria Island terminal, Liverpool terminal, Apapa terminal and Ilaje Bariga terminal.
  • The LAGFERRY official assured residents that water travel is safe, fast and traffic free. He also noted that buses would be available at the terminals to convey passengers to their final destinations. 
  • Also, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho has called for calm amongst “Lagosians” as the state government has put measures in place to avert any forms of disturbance the ban might cause. 

Why it matters 
The Lagos State government reinstated the ban on commercial motorcycles to curb the violence allegedly perpetuated by these riders. Although several regimes of government have imposed bans on commercial motorcycles also called “Okada”, the Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration has promised the ban would be implemented without compromise. 

What to watch 
Using Okada as a means of transportation in a megacity like Lagos has been an alternative to heavy flow of traffic, and the inaccessibility of roads experienced by residents. Adapting to the ban on Okada in the affected areas could prove somewhat difficult to residents regardless of the state government’s promises.

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