The Lagos State Government has pledged that it will go ahead with its proposed ban on commercial motorcycles, known as okada on highways and six local governments and nine local council development areas (LCDAs) in the State from June 1, 2022..
The State Governor, Babajide Sanwo- Olu who made the promise said security operatives and government are on the same page in respect to banning of the motorcycles in the selected areas of the state and therefore they will be going ahead with the plans.
He spoke to journalists, on Tuesday evening in Lagos on the matter , after the state security meeting, held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, which was attended by heads of security services in the state.
The governor said his administration in conjunction with security agencies will ensure that the security architecture of the state is not compromised in any way so that Lagos residents will continue to live their lives and do their business without any fear or favour.
He said: “The security meeting gives us an opportunity for us to review the recent pronouncement on the future banning of okada (motorcycles) in some selected local governments and LCDAs.
“We are able to put strategies in place. All of us were able to identify a lot of other things we need to do to embark on advocacy and ensure that we communicate effectively and efficiently to citizens. And that is why you see us giving out handbills in all of the major languages that we have in the country.
“There is a radio jingle being sent out to also communicate to people. I am also aware that there is a plan for advocacy on television stations as well.
“It is a people driven initiative that we all agreed to live and to comport ourselves in similar manner.
And we know what has been the effect of this. So, I am happy that all of us, the security operatives and government are on the same page with this and we will also be going ahead with our plans.”
It will be recalled that the Arewa community in the State has thrown its weight behind the ban, and thus implored its members to adhere.