Okada ban: Lagos government say defaulters risk three years imprisonment

Okada ban: Lagos government say defaulters risk three years imprisonment
The Lagos State Government announced on Wednesday that violators of the Phase 2 ban on commercial motorcycle operators (Okada) face a three-year prison sentence.

The Phase 2 okada ban was in effect in four Local Government Areas and six Local Government Development Councils, the Commissioner for Transport, Frederic Oladeinde, added during a press conference in Ikeja.

A blanket ban was reportedly enacted by the state government in August in six LCDAs and four LGAs, primarily in Kosofe (Ikosi-Isheri and Agboyi-Ketu LCDAs), Mushin (Odi-Olowo LCDA), Oshodi (Oshodi-Isolo and Ejigbo LCDAs), and Shomolu (Bariga LCDA).

“We implore the general public to comply, as both the rider and passenger are both liable to three years in prison, if prosecuted.

“Their motorcycles will be impounded and crushed in the public view, in line with the provision of Section 46, sub-section 1, 2 & 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL), 2018.

“We implore the general public to join hands together with the state government by complying with the decision geared towards combating the monster that okada operation has created, so that sanity can return to our state,” Oladeinde said.

He said that 200 officials of the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had been deployed to join other security agencies to enforce the ban in the councils.

According to him, the extension of ban to four more LGAs and LCDAs is in the right direction, to ensure security of lives and property.

“As a responsive government, we are not leaving the affected passengers stranded without any viable means of transportation, that is why we have made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation.

“The alternative transportation include the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme, the BRT Scheme, the Lagos e-hailing taxi Scheme (LAGRIDE) and other acceptable modes of transportation, to go about their daily activities.

“The decision and position of government on okada is very clear, and we are not compromising on this decision, which is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to the decrease in accidents and crime,” the commissioner said.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, also reiterated that government was not leaving the okada riders stranded.

Omotoso said the riders could approach the government as a cooperative to get the first and last mile buses.
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