Ambode Orders Police, LASTMA To ENFORCE Ban On ‘Okada’
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday ordered security and transport management agencies in the state enforce the ban on Okada along Mile 12 and Ikorodu road.
The Governor gave the order on Thursday during the First Quarter 2016 Town Hall Meeting, held at the Ikorodu Town Hall, Ikorodu, where he got the backing of attendees to ban the motorcyclist otherwise known as Okada riders from the route.
Responding to complaints on the menace of motorcycles in the State, Governor Ambode asked the people whether they would support a total ban on such mode of transportation in this age and time and in a city like Lagos, a question which was answered in the affirmative by majority of the stakeholders in the hall who raised their hands in support.
The Governor said: “I’m encouraged by this very transparent, credible, free and fair affirmation which I just got from the people. From the response, many of the people in this hall are in support of a total ban on Okada and since this is a government of the people, all the security agencies in Lagos including the Police, Task Force, LASTMA and others, to start with, are hereby directed to fully enforce the ban on Okada between Mile 12 and Ikorodu.
“We will not tolerate Okada on the road and I hereby emphasize that there is no more Okada on Mile 12-Ikorodu Road. Anyone caught flouting this directive will have their Okada impounded and we would prosecute such people as well before the court,” Ambode said.