The Lagos State Government has decried the rate of motorcycle (okada) and tricycle (keke) accidents on roads across the State.
In order to check this, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, announced that the Government would enforce the ban on Motorcycles and Tricycles in six Local Government areas, as well as major highways and bridges from February 1, 2020.
He explained that the decision was taken after a robust assessment of the debate on the rate of accidents in Lagos, saying security and safety of the lives of the residents were paramount, adding that from 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone.
The Commissioner, in a statement, said this number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals, noting that the total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as at date.
He also explained that the rate of crimes aided by motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) keeps rising, noting that the Motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) are also used as getaway means by criminals.
According to Mr Omotoso, the Law Enforcement Agents have been directed that with effect from February 1, there would be Zero Tolerance for motorcycles and tricycles in the affected areas.
He warned that all offenders and violators would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the State.