- Lagos state government has revealed its alternatives after banning okada and tricycles
- The government on Sunday, February 2, said that it will inject 65 new buses into its transportation system on Monday, February 3
- The state also said that while it is still expecting about 550 more buses, 14 ferries will be commissioned on Tuesday, February 4
As a way of cushioning the effect of the recent ban placed Okada and tricycles, the Lagos state government on Sunday, February 2, revealed what it has come up with as an alternative.
In a statement on Sunday, the state's commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said that the government has injected 65 new buses into the transport system which will start functioning from Monday, February 3, PM News reports.
Moreover, Omotoso said that apart from the fact that about 550 more buses are being expected, 14 ferries will be commissioned on Tuesday, February 4.
On behalf of the state, Omotoso thanked operators of the banned vehicles for utmost compliance with the ban, adding that this shows that Lagosians are on the same page with the government on the need to curb or even possibly eliminate the disasters that have linked Okada and tricycles.
The commissioner said that the government is aware of the discomfort the ban has caused the operators and assured them that it is not resting on its oars in efforts to find other means of making a living for the affected persons.
To this end, he said that schemes like the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Office of Civic Engagement, Lagos State Parks and Gardens are open to them.
Furthermore, he called on those who have planned to unleash violence in the state because of the ban to desist from carrying out the evil intention.
The commissioner said: “The government hereby warns all those who are planning to unleash violence on the state because of the ongoing enforcement to have a change of heart.
"Lagosians are peace-loving and law-abiding people, who will not embrace any disruption of their legal activities by failed politicians hiding under the evil of unwholesome activism."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that many Lagosians were yet to come to the terms with the state government's ban on tricycles and Okada, including ORide and Gokada in 15 local councils.
Many had condemned the state government for this action, saying it will increase the rate of crime in the state as no palliative measures were put in place to cushion the effect it will have on those whose livelihood depends on riding Okada and tricycles popularly called keke napep.
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