Lagos traffic law has reduced okada accidents by 95% – Kayode Opeifa Reviewed by Momizat on . The Commissioner of Transportation in Lagos State, Mr Kayode Opeifa, has claimed that since the Lagos Traffic Law came into existence with the restriction of mo The Commissioner of Transportation in Lagos State, Mr Kayode Opeifa, has claimed that since the Lagos Traffic Law came into existence with the restriction of mo Rating:
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Lagos traffic law has reduced okada accidents by 95% – Kayode Opeifa

The Commissioner of Transportation in Lagos State, Mr Kayode Opeifa, has claimed that since the Lagos Traffic Law came into existence with the restriction of motorcycles-Okada- on major highways, accidents involving Okada has reduced by 95 per cent.

Mr Opeifa made this known on our weekend show Sunrise, where he also revealed that a reduction of 32 per cent has been recorded in the number of people committing traffic offence.

“We have recorded 32 per cent reduction in the rate at which people commit traffic offences” he stated, adding that “we have also recorded 35 per cent decrease in the reduction of accidents involving okada and other vehicles and 95 per cent reduction in just okada accidents.”

Confirming this development, the Zonal Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr Ademola Lawal, stated that “the Lagos Traffic Law is helping to get safer roads with the restriction of okadas as drivers can now drive on Lagos roads without thinking that someone can destroy one’s side mirror.”

Capitalist law

Meanwhile a social activist, Mr Debo Adeshina, disagreed with the law saying it is part of a tyranny policy in Lagos, to victimise the poor.

He claimed the move by the state government to bring in more BRT buses is a ploy to reward their capitalist friends and ensure their huge returns at the expense of the poor.

The former Secretary General of the Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) argued that “the poor is the victim of every policy in Lagos” and this he described as a tyranny.

Mr Adeshina advised that the state government should have created a dedicated lane for the okada instead of banning them.

He also claimed that the state government has given a false perception that for every accident that occurs involving a motorcycle, the okada driver is at fault, whereas there are also careless drivers on Lagos roads.

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  • Tosinjoe

    My name is Tosin

    I pasted information this site sometimes ago about the activities of the police officers in Alapere Police station.
    They come every morning between 5:00 am – 6:00am as touts to extort money from the Keke Napep/ Marwa drivers.
    They also do this at 10: pm every day. This has made it difficult for the public to commute conveniently.
    Kindly assist to investigate this and report to bring an end to this before it will turn to be something else.
    Let’s not wait until they start killing people.
    Thanks

    • Impulse400

      Tosin, the police are only doing their jobs and asking Channels to investigate is asking for them to put the lives of their reporters in jeopardy. That is a job for Sun tabloid

      The police are meant to make the lives of the public miserable, so that they don’t have the senses to seek truthful information to hold government accountable.

      My advise is for the Marwa drivers to rally and round up the policemen in question. An early morning beating may remind them of their original role towards the public though.

  • Impulse400

    Mr. Opeifa is just manufacturing figures. Not as if I am wishing for Okada to have accidents and prove him wrong, but no Okada man in an accident would report himself to government for statistics at this point in time. He is Government and Nigerian, for crying out loud. Any statement he makes is only self serving. It is not genuine fact. There have been reported cases of Okada accidents since the clamp down began, and the accidents were caused by policemen and taskforce officials, jumping infront of moving Okadas. Their bikes are taken and impounded while the riders are left in their own pool of blood.

    Mr. Opeifa has children and the Laws of Karma WILL NEVER cease to exist.

  • Impulse400

    If Okada activity is forcefully reduced by 90%, is right to say that the instrument used to paralyse their activity has reduced the rate of their fatality…? Isn’t the rate measured over a consistent activity…? If there is no activity, on what basis do you measure rate of accidents…?

    If Okadas where active and accidents reduced, I would agree that the Law has an effect on accident reduction. But there are no Okadas to operate so measuring rate of Okada accidents would amount to Zero.

    And the Channels Interviewers I am sure never reasoned this through. They just accepted governments false stories hook, line and sinker. Like regular Nigerians do. But una go university of Lagos. 

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