Mixed Feelings Greet Ban on Okada, Tricycles By Lagos State

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  • Full List of major roads and bridges affected by the ban

By Obinna Uchendu

The Lagos State government has banned the operation of tricycles and motorcycles also known as Okada in local parlance across the state. Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, in a statement Monday said the decision was taken after a “robust assessment” between the government and the state security council. The assessment focused on the safety of using motorcycles and tricycles as a means of transportation.

Omotosho who reeled out figures to back their decision said the casualty figures arising from their  (Okada and tricycle)use are “scary.” “From 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone. This number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals. The total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as at date. The rate of crimes aided by motorcycles (Okada) and tricycles (Keke) keeps rising. Motorcycles (Okada) and tricycles (Keke) are also used as getaway means by criminals,” he said.Meanwhile, in the streets, clubs, motorparks, at the marketplace, newspaper stands, everywhere, people in Lagos have spent the whole of the week talking about okada ban. It is not an outright ban as the riders will be restricted to certain routes in the 15 local councils of the state.

Some have given the state kudos, pointing to the recklessness of the riders while others who rely on the Okada as a means of transportation especially  in areas where they have bad roads,  are shocked.

“How are we going to escape Apapa gridlock?” Frank Ikebie asked. He lamented that certain portion of the roads that lead to his business premises are very bad and they usually rely on okada to go to work as the roads are not motorable.

“It is a good idea,” Akin Sawyer countered.  He complained that Okada riders don’t care a hoot about their safety and the safety of their passengers.  “The riders could be dangerous and they drive without obeying traffic rules.” Adding: “It’s a good riddance to bad rubbish.”

Seun Abati, a newspaper vendor agreed. He said safety is the main reason. Abati told a story how he and his colleagues are affected by the riders as they carry out their business of newspaper distribution which they do very early in the morning. “The riders are rough and they can crush pedestrians while applying speed. Do they care? It’s usually dark early morning when nobody is watching them. You get hit- and-run okada riders.”

Another said apart from safety, the riders are using their motorcycle to dispossess people of their belongings during the day and at night. He hopes the ban will work. There is a school of thought that said the ban will be short-live. One said there will be no reason why the politicians won’t work closely with the riders when they need them. “Whether you believe it will work or not, does not matter. We are  sure the politicians will doubtless  lift to ban on okada  during 2023  General Elections,” he said.

Full List of major roads and bridges affected by the ban

Major Highways

1Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
2.Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
3.Oworonshoki-Oshodi Expressway
4.Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway
5.Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway
6.Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway
7.Lagos-Badagry Expressway
8.Funsho Williams Avenue
9.Agege Motor Road
10. Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road

Bridges

1.Iyana- Ipaja Bridge Agege
2.Dopemu Bridge Agege
3.Airport/Ikeja Bridge
4.Agege Motor road/Oshodi Loop, Oshodi
5.Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge
6.Dorman Long Bridge
7.Ojuelegba Bridge
8.National Stadium Flyover
9.Apapa-Iganmu Bridge
10.Apapa-Ijora Link Bridge
11.Liverpool Bridge, Apapa
12.Mile 2 Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-Odofin
13.Okota (cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge
14.Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network
15.Ikorodu Road/Anthony Clover leaf Bridge
16.Trade Fair Flyover Bridge
17.Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge
18.2 Flyover Bridges along Alhaji Masha Road
19.Ojota Clover leaf Bridge
20. Ogudu Bridge
21.3rd Mainland Bridge
22 Maryland flyover
23.Ikeja General Hospital Flyover Bridge
24. Kodesoh Bridge, Oba Akran, Ikeja
25.Opebi Link Bridge
26.Sheraton-Opebi Bridge
27.Jibowu/Yaba flyover Bridge
28.Carter Bridge, Lagos
29. Bariga-Ifako Bridge
30.Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge
31 Bariga/Oworonsoki Bridge
32.Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Gbagada U-Turn
33.Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
34.3rd Mainland/Oworonsoki Bridge
35.Eko Bridge
36.Apongbon flyover Bridge
37.Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess)
38.Mcwen Bridge (Bonny Camp)
39.Marina/Ikoyi Bridge
40. Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge

 

 

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