•By Dare Ojelade
For Okada riders and tricycles operators in Lagos State, Monday, 27 January, 2020, was a day they would rather forget in a hurry.
It was the day the state government decided to wield the big stick to control their activities and bring sanity to roads and major highways in the state.
The Gazelle News.com can report that from Saturday, 1 February, 2020, Okada riders and operators of tricycles in the state will cease to operate in 15 local councils in the state. In addition, the government also banned them from operating on 10 major highways and 40 bridges and flyovers in the state.
The councils are: Apapa Local Government, Apapa Iganmu Local Council Development Area, Lagos Mainland Local Government, Yaba Local Council Development Area, Surulere Local Government, Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area, and Coker-Aguda Local Council Development Area.
The other councils are: Ikeja Local Government, Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, Ojodu Local Council Development Area, Eti-Osa Local Government, Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area, Iru-Victoria Island Local Council Development Area, Lagos Island Local Government and Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area.
The State Government has thus directed security operatives to embark on a total enforcement of the State’s Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018 to immediately address the chaos and disorderliness created by illegal operations of Okada and tricycle riders in restricted areas.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, who made the announcement at the State House in Alausa, said the measures were taken by the Government in response to “scary figures” of fatal accidents recorded from operations of Okada and tricycles in the State between 2016 and 2019.
Omotoso said the lack of regard for the Lagos Traffic Laws by the Okada and tricycle riders had resulted in preventable loss of lives, adding that their impermissible movements on restricted highways had also contributed to traffic jams.
He said: “After a robust assessment of the debate on what has been widely referred to as the motorcycle (Okada) and tricycle (Keke) menace, the Lagos State Government and the State Security Council have decided that the security and safety of lives of Lagosians are paramount.
“The figures are scary. From 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone. This number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals. The total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as at date.
“Also, the rate of crimes aided by Okada and Keke keeps rising. They are also used as getaway means by criminals. Therefore, after consultations with stakeholders, the State Security Council, in compliance with the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, has decided to commence enforcement of the law which bans the operation of Okada and Keke in six Local Government Areas and nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).”
Omotoso said the enforcement would be total, warning that the Government would deal with violators in accordance with the Laws. He added that there would be zero tolerance for the movement of the banned vehicles on the listed highways and bridges.
The Okada and Keke NAPEP are restricted on the following highways and bridges:
1. Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
3. Oworonshoki-Oshodi Expressway
4. Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway
6. Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway
10. Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road
1. Iyana- Ipaja Bridge Agege
3. Airport/Ikeja Bridge
4. Agege Motor road/oshodi Loop, Oshodi
5. Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge
6. Dorman Long Bridge
8. National Stadium Flyover
9. Apapa-Iganmu Bridge
10. Apapa-Ijora Link Bridge
11. Liverpool Bridge, Apapa
12. Mile 2 Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-Odofin
13. Okota (cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge
14. Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network
15. Ikorodu Road/Anthony Clover leaf Bridge
16. Trade Fair Flyover Bridge
17. Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge
18. 2 Flyover Bridges along Alhaji Masha Road
19. Ojota Clover leaf Bridge
21. 3rd Mainland Bridge
22. Maryland flyover
23. Ikeja General Hospital Flyover Bridge
26. Sheraton-Opebi Bridge
27. Jibowu/Yaba flyover Bridge
28. Carter Bridge, Lagos
29. Bariga-Ifako Bridge
30. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge
31. Bariga/Oworonsoki Bridge
32. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Gbagada U-Turn
34. 3rd Mainland/Oworonsoki Bridge
35. Eko Bridge
36. Apongbon flyover Bridge
37. Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess)
38. Mcwen Bridge (Bonny Camp)
39. Marina/Ikoyi Bridge
40. Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge
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