- Lagosians have revealed their position on the proposed ban of okada and keke on some roads in the state
- While many residents in the state are against the move, a smaller number of persons believe that it is a good idea
- Those kicking against the ban said that it cannot work because the state government is yet to come up with better alternatives
The proposed ban on tricycles and motorcycles on Lagos roads by the state government has triggered a lot of reactions from Nigerians on social media.
While 64% of those who reacted are against the proposed ban, 36% of them are in support of the move by the state government.
On Facebook, many Nigerians feel and believe that the proposal should be dropped for quite a lot of reasons.
A lot of them are of the opinion that for now, the state and even Nigeria, in general, do not have alternative and reliable means of transportation other than okada and keke (as they are commonly called).
This section of Lagosians is saying that the state does not have a developed system of transportation to ban these alternatives.
This same circle of social media subscribers said that the ban, if effected, will increase the level of poverty in the state because riders of the vehicles will be rendered jobless and some of them might resort to crimes and thereby skyrocket violence in the state.
There is also the belief that there will be no need for the ban when bad roads are repaired in the state as by then okada will naturally disappear.
Some also think that Lagos being a metropolitan city, should not copy other states in banning such vehicles, adding that gridlock will increase due to bad roads.
However, another section of commentators have said that the ban should be upheld because okada and keke have led to many accidents that have claimed a lot of lives already.
Lagos govt allegedly releases full list of major roads, highways, bridges where Okada, Keke riders are not allowed to operate
Others in this category who are more lenient feel that keke can be left out from the list of vehicles to be banned, provided it does break traffic rules.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Lagos state government had banned commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators from operating in some major roads and highways in the state.
The state government announced the new directive on Tuesday, January 21, with the alleged full list of the affected roads.
Legit.ng, however, notes that the Lagos state government has dismissed the alleged ban, saying it was yet to decide on the operations of okada and keke riders in the state.
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