Lagos dismisses list of prohibited Okada routes, says no decision taken yet

Lagos dismisses list of prohibited Okada routes, says no decision taken yet

- Lagos state government has reacted to the purported list of roads Okada and Keke riders in the state have been banned from

- The government dismissed the list, saying it was yet to take a decision yet on the operations of Okada and Keke riders in the state

- However, the state's information commissioner said the government will soon release its official position and guidelines regarding the issue

A purported list of major roads in circulation where Okada and Keke riders in Lagos have been allegedly banned from operating has been dismissed by the state government.

Daily Trust reports that the state government on Tuesday, January 21, said it had not taken a decision yet on the operations of Okada and Keke riders in the city.

Legit.ng gathers that Gbenga Omotoso who is the commissioner for information and strategy in Lagos said the government will soon release its official position and guidelines regarding the issue.

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Lagos dismisses list of prohibited Okada routes, says no decision taken yet
Lagos state government has dismissed the purported list of prohibited Okada/Keke routes in the state
Source: UGC

The release of the purported list, before the reaction from the state government, had been greeted with mixed reactions.

While some welcomed the development, some expressed contrary views, saying the alleged directive will impose more hardships on Nigerians.

Traffic congestions in Lagos have in over the years made many residents of the city prefer motorcycles and tricycles as a means of transportation.

Some new technology start-ups have also taken advantage of the situation to come up with numerous bike-hailing apps that allow users to order rides on smartphones.

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Meanwhile, living in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, demands following certain rules for survival.

One of the major rules as a Lagosian with a 9 to 5 job is to leave the house very early to get to work on time. Sadly, leaving early too does not always guarantee getting to work on time.

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There are many more rules to surviving in Lagos city and many have wondered if following the rules is worth it because it still does not fully guarantee survival.

A Nigerian man, a popular Twitter user and lawyer, Ayo Sogunro, recently took to Twitter to complain about how Lagosians are living.

The lawyer said Lagos is not a megacity but a city of suffering. According to him, Lagos is the only city in Africa where people unwillingly leave home at 5 or 6am daily to get to work within the same city for a small income.

The lawyer explained that living in a city like Lagos proves a failure of governance that adds even more hardship to the lives of people.

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