- The ban on motorcycles and tricycles takes effect from today, Saturday, February 1
- The riders are obeying the government's directive and have packed their okadas and kekes
- A video making the rounds online shows trailer loads of okadas and kekes shipped out of Lagos
- Lagosians are already lamenting the hardship they are facing getting to their destinations
Lagosians are yet to embrace the ban on okadas and keke napeps which takes effect on February 1.
The Lagos state government had on Monday, January 27, announced a ban the operation of motorcycles popularly referred to as okada and tricycles (keke napep) in six LGs and nine LCDAs.
It appears the keke and okada riders do not want to be caught off guard and have taken caution.
A Twitter user shared a video of the streets of Lagos with no okada or keke in sight.
In another video, the keke riders were seen on a bridge in Lagos without their roofs, heading to an unknown destination.
According to Gidi Traffic, the keke and okada riders were spotted departing Lagos.
Some Lagosians are already sharing their experiences. Report has it that it is now survival of the fittest as passengers are fighting each other to get on the few available buses. As usual, the bus drivers are taking advantage of the situation and have increased their fares.
Some Nigerians have accepted their fate and resorted to trekking.
Some are asking what molues and danfos are still doing on the streets of Lagos.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has defended the ban, answering questions on the lips of many Nigerians.
According to the government, okada and keke are not part of the greater Lagos plan.
On why motorbike hailing services like Oride, Gokada and others were affected, the government said they were part of the problem.
“The truth is that okada, no matter what fanciful name it’s called, is not part of our greater Lagos journey on which we have embarked,” it said.
“Our youths no longer learn the trades we used to be proud of- tailoring, bricklaying, printing, painting and others. Now we get artisans from neighbouring countries. Okada is not an enduring trade," it said.
Regarding those who may become jobless because of the ban, the Lagos government said there were programmes in place for the unemployed.
Following the ban, Nigerians had taken to social media to share their opinion. Nigerian celebrities like Bolanle Olukanni and Big Brother Naija stars, Ifu Ennada and Leo Dasilva, also added their views on different social media platforms.
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