The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has warned the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that the ban on motorcycle (okada) and tricycle (keke) operators would amount to increase in unemployment and insecurity.
Though Dr Amaechi consented that motorcycles were used to rob during his tenure as a Governor in Rivers State, he cautioned that banning motorcycle operators has its consequences.
While fielding questions on Monday, February 3, 2020, the Transport Minister said: “I don’t know the reason why the Governor of Lagos State banned it; only he can tell you. I am sure he made his decision based on the interests of a majority of Lagosians.”
He noted that the State Governor has a problem to face, which is unemployment and an increase in crime.
It would be recalled that the LASG had on Saturday, February 1, 2020, banned the operations of motorcycle and tricycle operators in 15 Local Councils and major roads.
The Councils where the operators are banned include Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate, and Coker-Aguda LCDAs and Ikeja LGA.
Others are Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende, and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.