- A rights group, Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), tongue-lashed Lagos government over its ban on motorcycles and others
- CACOL lamented that the government of Babajide Sanwo-Olu failed to put into consideration the effect on the already suffering residents
- The organisation further argued that the new ban will fail as it had always happened
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), in the afternoon of Wednesday, January 29, slammed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos for ordering the ban on motorcycles and tricycles.
CACOL said it was shocked that the governor and his administration could adopt what it described as ‘fire brigade approach’ without any consideration for the residents of the state, many of whom depend on the mode of transportation because of the poor state of road infrastructure in the state.
A statement by CACOL’s Adegboyega Otunuga quoted the body as saying it received the news of the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in the state with mixed feelings.
It said though it understands that the responsibility of government is the protection of lives and properties, it lamented that the governor had decided to toe the same failed path of resolving the transportation crisis in the state just like his predecessors.
CACOL said the ban or harsh restriction had yielded more pains than the relief the law or policy was set out to achieve in the first instance.
“The rationale for this controversy is not far-fetched as it simply shows that the ban failed to address the causative factors that are responsible for such needs in the first instance,” the rights group said.
It noted that the approach towards taming the debilitating factors of the operations of the motorcycles and tricycles are only always punitive to all stakeholders rather than broker the needed relief to the ordinary Lagosians “who struggle daily to navigate most of the deplorable roads in their cars or anxiously wait at different bus-stops endlessly for vehicles to convey them to their places of destination for their daily survival.”
It warned the government not to reduce itself to adopting only reactionary arrangements aimed at attracting attention to burning issues without addressing the source of such challenges.
It said it had prescribed a holistic remedy to the incessant problems of traffic congestion, preventable road accidents, and even incidences of converting the motorcycles and tricycles to means of crime.
The statement quoted Debo Adeniran, the head of CACOL, as saying: “Aside the fact that many children are today receiving education and surviving by such harrowing means in a nation that lacks social welfare for its citizens, its advent has also been responsible for the reduction in the rate of crime.
“This is not to say we could not regulate their operations while the state and federal governments tackle the general miasma that led to the need for their inevitability in the first instance."
The CACOL boss argued that motorcycles or tricycles are veritable means of transportation in most countries of the world, but that in such cases, the traffic officers are more alive to their responsibilities than what obtains in Nigeria.
He argued that in Nigeria, there have been cases of heavy-duty trucks causing more problems for road users than the banned motorcycles and tricycles.
He also noted that the popular ‘one chance’ robber that happens in the state is often carried out in commercial buses and cars “while there are no verifiable statistics that confirm that road accidents would suddenly disappear by eliminating these means of transport in Lagos.”
Legit.ng reports that the Lagos government recently banned motorcycles and tricycles in 15 local government areas of the state.
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