Fresh from the Security Council meeting today, Monday, January 27, 2020, the Lagos State Government has announced a total ban on operations of commercial motorcycles better known as Okada and Tricycles also known as Keke Marwa in major parts of the state.
The government announced the ban on the operations of the Okada and Keke Marwa riders across 15 councils, major highways and bridges across the state.
The decision is coming few days after the government backtracked on its earlier announcement where it shared the list of areas where operations of Okada and Keke Marwa operators are banned.
According to the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, the decision was reached by the government in order to protect lives and property of residents.
He noted that the “full enforcement of the ban reached after consultations with security agencies will commence on Saturday, February 1, 2020.”
Omotosho who warned that no one is exempted by law also added that private commercial motorcycles such as Gokada, Max Okada, Opay bikes among others are not exempted from the ban.
He gave the local councils where the operations of the bikes were banned as Ikeja, Surulere, Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Surulere, Eti Osa, Lagos Island, Ojodu, Onigbongbo and Apapa Iganmu among several others.
The development has since drawn reactions among residents and business owners who argued that the move by the government is aimed to cripple businesses operating within the state.