By Angel James, news/comments, February 5, 2020
LAGOS-The Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has given reasons why the popular motorcycle, known as okada and tricycle riders were restricted on operation in major parts of the state, that the ban became necessary because of the increasing insecurity in the country, and no reasonable government would allow its citizens to be trapped by insecurity, reiterating that the decision is irreversible. The Governor made this known during the inauguration of 14 commercial ferries at the Badore Ferry Terminal, Ajah. Already the boats on ground would accommodate 40 to 60 passengers at a go and will- commute to Ikorodu, Ebute Ero, CMS, Badore and Ikoyi areas.
Sanwo-Olu, also assured residents of the state, that soonest, the waterway transportation, will get another 30 boats, and 500 buses to ease out challenges faced by citizens due to the ban on okada and tricycles, stressing further of the security alert made available to the government, which became paramount for the ban. The Governor spoke at the Badore Ferry Terminal, where he inaugurated the Lagos Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) and a mobile app on Tuesday. His words”
“Let me tell you about the ban which we just enforced. We will sustain the ban on okadas and tricycles, mainly because of security and safety reasons. Security and safety of citizens are paramount to any government. As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow security breach in the state.
“We will continue to ensure the safety of our people on all fronts. There have been reports of serious security breaches and safety concerns in areas where these operators ply. We had to respond to these concerns because life and safety matter to this government, and for Lagos to be a functional smart city, there must be diversification, including the interconnectivity of the rail, road and water transportation systems.” He concluded.
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