Governor Sanwo-Olu reacts to viral video of him at The Platform, saying he will not ban Okada

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reacted to the viral video of him promising to regulate the activities of commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada riders in Lagos state while speaking at The Platform in October 2019.

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According to the video, the Lagos State Governor was heard saying;

“I need to also mention, to solve the traffic issue of Lagos is also to talk about the Okada issue.

“Okada is everywhere, anywhere you see, so part of the things we are going to be doing is not leave anybody behind. People are currently using a system that is working for them, meaning that you see some Okada riders that are branded, that are using smart pays to pay when you finish your journey.

“We are trying to harmonise all of them and be able to come up with a regulation system where we can account for every Okada rider. We will know who they are, we can manage them and when anything happens…

“In fact, the solution that some of them are bringing, they can actually disable some of those Okadas remotely, that’s where we are planning to get to. But it’s also something we have to think very well and be sure that nobody is disenfranchised, as much as possible give everybody opportunity to play and to play well.

“I’m hoping we all these, the solution around our traffic would be reduced significantly.”

However reacting to the viral video, Governor Sanwo-Olu through his chief press secretary, Gboyega Akosile denied saying he won’t ban Okada riders.

The governor’s spokesperson told Premium Times that the Sanwo-Olu administration only decided to enforce the existing laws in the state.

He said;

“When the governor was talking on The Platform, he didn’t make any categorical statement about whether there would be a ban or not.

“He said that ‘we will look into it. We will see whether we will use technology or even categorise them…’ Everything he said was not categorical. It wasn’t only at The Platform he said that; he said it at several events.

“What we have only done is to start up enforcement on the existing laws, we have not come out to say we are banning. You cannot ban people’s commercial activities, the government has the responsibility, due to one reason or the other, to regulate.

“Go to the UK, Uber is a major transportation company, U.K government banned them due to regulation issues, so if Okada people had constituted a menace to the society, security.

“You and I are not safe and our research has shown that 85 per cent motorcycles. The government went to the drawing board to know what can be done. If we do that it won’t be easy for any criminally minded people carrying put dastardly acts to escape.

“If you see the number of at the hospitals you will be shocked and all of this is Okada. We had to create an Okada ward. ”


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3 COMMENTS

  1. The bus fare is going to who? If it is the government, then I will say that the government have robbed it’s innocent citizens of their source of livelihood, instead of creating more for them as promised in their manifesto

  2. Secondly government should hv put adequate measures on ground before taking such decisions if and only if it had the interest of d people at heart

  3. I don’t think the ban placed on go kada , o pay or o ride etc is necessary . Even if d govt. of Lagos is interested in
    investing in transportation and wants to buy more buses even 100,000buses , it has nothing to do with the problem of unemployment and easy life the likes of go kada have given to people in Lagos . I urge the government should just carry out a statistics of the people the go kada concept have given employment to sincerely . Apart from the employment , I key into what the minister of transportation said about what d ban will cause in Lagos viz a viz increase in crime rate etc . Rather than this ban , the owners of the idea or concept of go kada, o pay etc would ve been given AWARDS for their beautiful ideas . I just hope govt of Lagos is not trying to become an enemy of progress . I pray so

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