Lagos State Governor , Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has launched 14 commercial ferries at the Badore Ferry Terminal, Ajah in response to the difficult transport situation that accompanied the recent ban of commercial motocycles and tricycles popularly known as Okada and Keke .
The Governor who spoke at the launch on Tuesday at the Badore Ferry Terminal, said the ferries would be increased to 30 and that there is no going back on the okada and keke ban.
“Let me tell you about the ban which we just enforced. We will sustain the ban on okadas and tricycles, mainly because of security and safety reasons. Security and safety of citizens are paramount to any government. As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow security breach in the state.
“We will continue to ensure the safety of our people on all fronts. There have been reports of serious security breaches and safety concerns in areas where these operators ply. We had to respond to these concerns because life and safety matter to this government,” the Governor said.
The governor said the decision to ban motorcycle and tricycle riders in some parts of Lagos for safety and security reasons, and the good of the citizenry.
He said more than 500 buses would be injected into the state transport system to ease transportation problems.
The boats, according to a statement, can take up to 40 to 60 passengers at a go and will commute to Ikorodu, Ebute Ero, CMS, Badore and Ikoyi areas of the state.