The Lagos State Government has given their words on having never issued any company the license to operate commercial motorcycle services, also known as Okada, following the restriction order placed on Okada& Keke in 15 LGAs/LCDAs.
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The Lagos State's Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho revealed on 'Sunrise Daily’. There, he explained the government was trying to control the influx of commercial motorcyclists in the state.
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 commissioner also reiterated the reason for the ban is that the rate of Okada accidents in the state has been escalating and becoming worrisome. He claimed 104,000 accident cases of broken legs and arms have been recorded in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
The rate of accidents related to okada riders have been soaring
Omotosho also cleared the air on the ban, saying, the restriction order doesn't apply to courier service operators. Naijauto was meant to know they don't pose any danger on the road.
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
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