Friday, June 26

Lagos State Govt. gives 21-day ultimatum to Okada riders to vacate Lagos roads

The Lagos state government has given a 21-day ultimatum to operators of motorcycle  popularly called (okada) to vacate the restricted routes in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, Speaking at the Alausa state secretariat yesterday, Thursday, 25th of June 2015 where the ultimatum was given stated that the government has given the 21-day ultimatum to enable the unions of the Okada riders to sensitise their members to quit the restricted routes before disciplinary actions would begin on defaulters of the traffic law.

The SSG revealed that in a meeting held with the Union of Okada riders and the security agencies, they said, they thought that the government had relaxed the law, which he publicly reaffirmed that there is no relaxation whatsoever.

Mr Bello said the 3 weeks given is for enlightenment because there is nothing new in the law that was introduced in 2012 that has seen the okada accidents reduced in the state since enforced.

He added that the law was only relaxed during the last elections so that political parties would not capitalise on the enforcement for their own selfish interest.

Also, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Transportation, Oluseyi Coker said that the law restricting Okada is still very much in place and this warning message is being passed out once again so that when enforcement begins no one will say the government has not informed them.

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