A Lagos City state for the 21st century needs proper planning. The reasons for the ban on commercial motorcycles (Okada) and motor tricycles (Keke marwa) by the Lagos State Government are noted. But what about the people?
Jimi Agbaje's view is that such outright ban on major routes will  be counterproductive and difficult to enforce. It will also have negative ripple effects on the economy with so many already out of work & cause inconvenience to commuters.

The formal operators that have thus far regulated themselves should be allowed to continue, with stringent regulation & enforcement of traffic laws.

Meanwhile The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has warned the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that the ban on motorcycle (okada) and tricycle (keke) operators would amount to increase in unemployment and insecurity.

He said this when he appeared as a guest on a programme on Channels Television, Sunrise Daily, and monitored by our correspondent on Monday.

It will be recalled that the LASG had on Saturday banned the operations of motorcycle and tricycle operators in 15 local councils and major roads.

Though Amaechi consented that motorcycles were used to rob during his tenure as a governor in Rivers State, he cautioned that banning motorcycle operators has its consequences.


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