BY RAFIAT ABDULKAREEM
Some commuters in Ikorodu and its environs have condemned the ban on commercial motor cycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke Marwa ) by His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu, with effect from February 1,2020.
Making their views known to The Eagle correspondent in separate interviews, they said the present government was trying to turn Lagos to a place for elites alone, saying this was having negative impacts on the people.
According to a resident in the LASPOTECH area, who simply identified himself as Mr. Musa, ‘’ this present administration is for the elites not for the masses, reason being that Okada , the easiest and fastest means to convey people and goods from one place to another has been banned”.
Even when there is traffic, Okada is the fastest means to get to one’s destination quickly.’’
Also speaking, Mrs. Tosin Oseni, a boutique owner in Ikorodu lamented that the ban on Okada has really affected her business because she used Okada to make deliveries to various areas in Lagos.
But Temitope, a soft drink hawker said she was so happy with the new development because it increased her sales. “I make triple of my normal sales as people hooked in the holdup are often thirty and make more purchases”,
Numerous people were stranded at bus-stops and they were forced to trek a long distance to their various destinations due to the absence of Okada & keke.
Car owners who normally joined public transport were forced to bring out their vehicles due to scarcity if commercial vehicles.
This has resulted in hectic traffic on many routes in Lagos in the last two weeks.