We’re Not Going Back On Okada, Keke Ban – Sanwo-Olu

File Photo: Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

The Lagos State Government says it will not reverse the ongoing enforcement of its Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, which restricts the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada and tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP in 15 local councils across the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this on Tuesday while speaking at the official launch of commercial operations in water transportation by Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) at an event held at Badore Ferry Terminal in Ajah.

The governor said the state government would not give in to the “blackmail and uninformed criticism” of its decision to restrict tricycles and motorcycles on the highways, saying the enforcement became necessary in the face of growing threats to the security of lives of residents.

According to him, the scary figures of accidents resulting from Okada riders’ recklessness and the disobedience to traffic laws necessitated the enforcement of the laws.

Although the governor admitted that the decision was a tough one, he maintained that his government would not compromise on the issue of security and safety of residents.

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“I agree it’s a tough decision we made regarding the restriction of Okada and Keke in some parts of Lagos. But I want to say some facts, which people can debate. The restriction that we have done is primarily based on security and safety of lives of residents. We took the decision based on the level of danger we have seen to have happened to our people,” he said.

“As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow Okada riders put our lives in danger. One life is more important to us than all the economic benefits to be made if we allowed them to continue. We understand that investment too can be critical, but keeping people alive and safe is more germane.”

Speaking further, the governor sympathized with commuters affected by the Okada restriction and announced that the government would be deploying over 500 buses to the routes listed in the restriction directive as alternatives to ease movement.

He added that the launching of commercial operations on waterways by LAGFERRY was another programme introduced by the government to address congestion on the highways.

Pensioners, Tricycle Operators Stage Protests In Bayelsa

bayelsaPensioners of the Bayelsa State Civil Service have staged a protest beside the Government House in Yenagoa to express their displeasure with the five months non-payment of their pensions, salary arrears and gratuities.

Also protesting in the state capital were tricycle operators who say they are being over levied.

The streets of Yenagoa the capital of Bayelsa State is no longer bubbly as they used to be.

Just fresh out of elections with so many promises yet to be kept, the smiles on the faces of Bayelsans are fast disappearing, as civil servants in the state are yet to be paid their January salary.

In spite of the hardship this delay in the payment of their salaries had caused them and their families, they are still patient with the government they just elected into office.

But the pensioners seem to have run out of patience, as they took to the streets to protest the non-payment of their pensions for the past five months.

They had witnessed some resistance, as they claimed they were attacked by young boys as they approached the Government House gate.

They alleged that the boys tore their placards and even injured some of them.

While the pensioners protest, the tricycle operators in the state also expressed displeasure with what they called over-levy by the unions guarding their operations.

One of the tricycle operators, Mr Gene Abe, appealed to the Governor to keep his campaign promises to them.

During his campaign, Governor Seriake Dickson had assured them that when re-elected there would be only one unified levying system in the state.

Even though these protesters want their needs met, it would be difficult for the present administration in the state, as the Governor had few days ago announced that the allocation from the federal purse to the state was the lowest it had ever gotten.

Police Extend Curfew In Adamawa

policeThe Police in Adamawa State have on Friday announced a dusk to dawn curfew from Sunday till Tuesday.

This is in addition to the restriction of movement from 6am to 6pm on Saturday, the election day.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Gabriel Adaji, revealed this to journalists at a press conference in Yola, the state capital.

Mr Adaji also announced the total ban on tricycles popularly known as ‘Keke Napep’ and cart pushers from Saturday till Tuesday.

The Police Commissioner added that the decision was taken at a crucial inter-agency security meeting which was aimed at curtailing the breakdown of law and order in the state.

Mr Adaji said that the decision would help “to avert some nasty experiences encountered when the presidential elections result was announced about two weeks ago where miscreants hijacked the celebrations”.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) had earlier ordered the restriction of vehicular movement across the nation which is to take effect from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday.