The Lagos State Government says no company has been given licence to operate commercial services with motorcycles popularly known as Okada in the state.
The Lagos state government had announced a proposed ban on motorcycles and tricycles in six local governments and nine local council development areas of the state.
Lagos State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Gbenga Omotosho while speaking with ‘Sunrise Daily’, said the ban is aimed at regulating commercial motorcyclists so that their excesses can be curtailed.
He said, “You are talking about registration; as far as I am concern, the government has not registered any company to come and be running okada.
“In fact, what the government was trying to look at is how to regulate these people so that their excesses can be curtailed.
“But as far as I know, nobody has been licenced to go and start running okada because it is unfortunate that … the rate at which people are dying; the rate at which people are being robbed on the roads; the police are worried, everybody is worried.”
The Lagos State Government is said to enforce the ban after a robust assessment of the debate on the rate of accidents in the state.
Omotosho alleged that the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) recorded about 104,000 accident cases involving the common Lagosians with broken arms and legs.
On courier services operators, the commissioner said those one are allowed to ply all routes because they don’t constitute so much danger.
Omotosho said, “The guys who are doing courier services, for example, they don’t carry passengers and they don’t constitute so much danger. So, those ones are allowed.
“They have to be above 200cc and you have to have a box behind you that you are doing courier service and you don’t have to carry passengers; you have to be well-kitted and wear your helmet.”