The Minister of Works and Housing , Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has declared his support for the Lagos’s state government restriction of commercial motorcycles in some local government areas in the state.
The Minister who is a former governor of Lagos State, advised the residents of the state to cooperate with the present Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in his renewed enforcement of the restriction on motorcycles in the state.
He noted that while the discomfort created by the enforcement could not be dismissed, the security implication of not enforcing the law was a major threat to peace.
Fashola made the plea while speaking as the guest speaker at the fourth annual public lecture/symposium organised by the United Action for Change in Lagos on Thursday.
Fashola pointed out that criminals often us motorcycles to rob innocent citizenry because it aids easy escape.
The minister said, “So, for those concerned about insecurity in Lagos State, get behind your governor on the position that he has taken. I do not dismiss the concerns that have been raised on the other side, but a price must be paid. It’s a trade-off between our inconvenience and our existence.
“I know that work is going on with the trains, I know that ferries are being installed and they would take some time but in our now interest, we should bear with the government.
“The question to ask is that as the centre of excellence, are motorcycles elevated and acceptable standard of transportation?
“As a centre of excellence, motorcycles cannot be our preferred choice of transportation.
“My recommendation is that we should go back to the taxis and they have a very strong union. I’m sure government is already thinking about it, and it can use its financial balance sheets to guarantee them loans to acquire new taxis.
“No government is out to inflict pain on its people, but in the process of governance, tough calls have to be made because there are competing concerns here and there. It is also important to know that government was not acting on its own, but in response to our calls for more efficient traffic for safety, law and order.”
Fashola was the governor of Lagos State when the Lagos Road Traffic Law came into effect in 2012.
The Lagos State Government, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had on February 1 commenced the enforcement of commercial motorcycles restriction order.
The more had attracted condemnation from majority of the residents who were affected by the ban.