- There is no doubt that the ban on okada and keke in Lagos has affected the lives of residents
- This was confirmed by the reactions of Lagosians both on Facebook and Twitter
- Many of the residents said that the ban should be sustained as it has restored sanity and reduced traffic on the roads
In no small way, the recent ban placed on the use of motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) has affected the lives of Lagosians especially in the area of transportation.
Many residents in Lagos on Facebook, about 74% of them, have said that the ban has impacted on their lives both positively and negatively. Meanwhile, 26% of those who spoke on the issue have said that the new decision of the state government has not affected them in any way.
Some of those who spoke on the ban said that it has restored sanity and order on the affected road in Lagos, adding that the okada and keke riders should be given weekly orientation so as to curb their allegedly unruly disposition.
Moreover, this category of Lagosians said that the ban should be sustained because it has reduced the cost of transportation in places like Ajah. Even more, they said that traffic has reduced by about 40% currently.
However, some residents in the state have said that the order of the government has caused a lot of discomfort since the banned vehicles that cover short distances are no more in operation, causing a lot of trekking.
The situation is similar on Twitter as about 72% of Lagosians who spoke said that the ban has affected them while 11% said that they have no experience in relation to the issue.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that while the recent ban on Okada and Keke by the Lagos state government was applauded by many, others faulted the decision saying it is a wrong move at this point in time.
According to them, workers, in particular, the ban so far has brought untold hardship in their daily activities yet it is a welcome development.
Interestingly, Lagos state had been said to be known as one of the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria.
And people from different walks of life travel to this state. And as such, they all engage in all kinds of businesses both legal and illegal.
Okada and keke napep business seemed to be one of such businesses both the learned and unlearned, the experienced and the in-experienced eke out a living from.
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