- Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, says the federal government does not have the jurisdiction to intervene in the recent ban of okada and tricycles in some parts of Lagos state
- The minister notes that the matter is strictly a state affair, adding that the federal government could not decide whether a state should use okada or tricycles
- Amaechi, however, says the Lagos state government may have had some reasons for enforcing the ban on Okada
Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, has said the federal government lacks the jurisdiction to intervene in the recent ban of okada and tricycles in some parts of Lagos state.
The minister told Channels TV on Monday, February 3, that the matter is strictly a state affair. He said the federal government could not decide whether a state should use okada or tricycles.
Amaechi stated that it is for the state government to decide what to do about such matters.
The minister, who is a former governor of Rivers state, however, stated that the Lagos state government may have had some reasons for enforcing the ban on Okada.
He said when he was governor of Rivers state, he also had to enforce a ban on motorcycles because it was being used to commit crimes.
Amaechi also said the orthopedic hospital in Rivers state was full every day because of regular accidents.
Meanwhile, 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.
Omotoso said that apart from the fact that about 550 more buses are being expected, 14 ferries will be commissioned on Tuesday, February 4.
Still on okada ban, some persons are currently clashing with men of Nigeran police in the Ijora Olopa area of the state.
According to GIDITRAFFIC, shooting was also recorded in the clash. "Clash and shooting reportedly ongoing at Ijora Olopa area. Police with Okada and Keke riders. Pls avoid that route for now," the traffic watch media outfit wrote on its Twitter page.
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