After a lot speculations about bikes (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke NAPEP), the Lagos State Government has lastly banned its operations in some LGAs. This was introduced by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso on the State House in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the measure was taken in response to the “scary figures” of deadly accidents recorded from operations of Okada and Tricycles inside the State between 2016 and 2019.
Omotoso stated the dearth of regard for the Lagos Traffic Laws by Okada and Tricycle riders had resulted in preventable lack of lives. In his phrases, “their impermissible movements on restricted highways have contributed to traffic jams.”
Reason For The Ban By The Lagos State Government
In the well being statistics, over 10,000 circumstances of accidents have been recorded on the Lagos state General hospital from 2015 until date.
Moving additional, in Omotoso phrases, “the ban is the primary stage of the state authorities’s plan to sanitize its roads and shield Lagosians from the unfavorable results of those unlawful mode of transportation. The Law could be very clear: bikes (Okada) and tricycles (Keke) are banned on all highways, bridges and the listed roads.”
In respect to this, the Lagos State Government has directed safety operatives to make sure the enforcement of the State’s Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018. This will in flip handle the chaos and disorderliness created by unlawful operations of Okada and Tricycle riders in restricted areas.
Affected Areas In Lagos State
Operations of bikes and Napep have been proscribed in six Local Government Areas (LGAs), 9 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and 10 Major highways throughout the state with impact from February 1, 2020. Also is the ban in 40 bridges and flyovers throughout the state.
According to the Omotoso, the LGAs and LCDAs, Highways and Bridges embrace;
LGAs And LCDA
- Apapa LGA
- Apapa Iganmu LCDA
- Lagos Mainland LGA
- Yaba LCDA
- Surulere LGA
- Itire-Ikate LCDA
- Coker-Aguda LCDA.
- Ikeja LGA
- Onigbongbo LCDA
- Ojodu LCDA
- Eti-Osa LGA
- Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA
- Iru Victoria Island LCDA
- Lagos Island LGA
- Lagos Island East LCDA
- Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
- Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
- Oworonshoki- Oshodi Expressway
- Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway
- Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway
- Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway
- Lagos-Badagry Expressway
- Funsho Williams Avenue
- Agege Motor Road
- Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road
- Iyana-Ipaja Bridge Agege
- Dopemu Bridge Agege
- Airport/Ikeja Bridge
- Agege Motor highway/Oshodi Loop, Oshodi
- Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge
- Dorman Long Bridge
- Ojuelegba Bridge
- National Stadium Flyover
- Apapa-Iganmu Bridge
- Apapa-Ijora Link Bridge
- Liverpool Bridge, Apapa
- Mile 2 Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-Odofin
- Okota (cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge
- Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network
- Ikorodu Road/Anthony Clover Leaf Bridge
- Trade Fair Flyover Bridge
- Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge
- 2 Flyover Bridges alongside Alhaji Masha Road
- Ojota Clover Leaf Bridge
- Ogudu Bridge
- third Mainland Bridge
- Maryland Flyover
- Ikeja General Hospital Flyover Bridge
- Kodesoh Bridge, Oba Akran, Ikeja
- Opebi Link Bridge
- Sheraton-Opebi Bridge
- Jibowu/Yaba Flyover Bridge
- Carter Bridge, Lagos
- Bariga-Ifako Bridge
- Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge
- Bariga/Oworonsoki Bridge
- Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Gbagada U-Turn
- Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
- third Mainland/Oworonsoki Bridge
- Eko Bridge
- Apongbon Flyover Bridge
- Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess)
- Mcwen Bridge (Bonny Camp)
- Marina/Ikoyi Bridge
- Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge
Omotoso stated the enforcement can be complete, warning that the Government will take care of violators in accordance with the Law. He added that there can be zero tolerance for the motion of the banned bike and Napep on the listed highways and bridges.
This is of significance to us as a result of the brand new growth has an ideal impression on business particularly instantly affecting the bike hailing operators. We will share our thought and insights gathered from stakeholders within the ecosystem.
Motorbike Hailing Operators – GoKada, Oride, MaxNg
Since the announcement of the ban, there have been an outrage of the impression on these multi million Naira firms. What will probably be of those firms? Do they’ve methods in place to mitigate in opposition to lethal blows as these? What occurs to the traders, how will they exit?
It’s even saddening after we learnt that this isn’t a brand new regulation. So, out of curiosity, we need to ask, did these firms find out about this regulation and select to disregard them. Will or not it’s proper to deduce that the traders who put their money knew about this, since this isn’t a brand new regulation.
These firms have raised thousands and thousands of and every intention to vary the sport within the business. For occasion, the pioneer hailing operator, GoKada introduced the elevate of $5.3m Series A spherical in May, 2019. Shortly after, MAX.ng raised $7 million, and Opay, lately raised $120million.
Even although these firms took safety measures by offering helmets, and many others, however the problem is with the Okada drivers. Here is a thought by a revered determine within the tech ecosystem “The first thought by any layman is that these companies will do better, because it is believed that they trained their drivers and as such they will be better behaved and can be held accountable. But, as evident, they are not necessarily better than the regular Okada man on the street.”
Evidence (movies) reveals that they haven’t yielded higher end result than the bizarre Okada man. When you contemplate it, keep in mind that these aggregation platforms most likely personal greater than a thousand Okada every. It was anticipated that these firms that are elevating money internationally ought to have higher practices”.
However, the federal government on this ban enforcement took into consideration the logistics and e-commerce industries. The authorities ensured they’re protected as a lot as potential. Also, the federal government thought-about that there’s nonetheless not sufficient public technique of transportation in rural areas and gated communities and have excluded these areas in its ban.
Some Insights And Public Opinion
Some of the insights we received “We believe that this is the best way to address the insecurity, the risk to life and property in Lagos. The decision has not been taken lightly, and it’s imperative that the lives of Nigerians are saved.”
“When Fashola first made this ban 12 years ago, there was an average of 27-28 death by Okada reported in public hospitals (who knows what happens in private hospitals). When the ban was implemented, only one death per month was reported”.
“The ban is long due. The accident and commotion created by motorcycles and tricycles on the highway is becoming unbearable. They have no regard for traffic lights, are unruly and majority of its drivers are likely not even Nigerians.”
Before the ban, safety city corridor conferences was held by the federal government to interact with stakeholders. The ban is just not a brand new ban however a re-enforcement of a regulation that was enacted over 12 years in the past.
This is the federal government speaking afresh. It is definitely the regulation and everybody know that Okadas are usually not suppose to ply on the key excessive methods.
In phrases of the federal government participating with its stakeholders, we imagine that authorities can all the time do higher. Communicating higher, will take away pressure. The onus is on the federal government to succeed in out to folks and supply alternate options earlier than implementing any regulation.
As a business proprietor, earlier than you enterprise or put money into any business, be sure you do your due diligence, perceive authorities legal guidelines and insurance policies in your intending trade. Don’t be a sufferer of ignorance.
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