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Lagos Suspends Action On Okada, Tricycle Driving

By Glam & Essence

Despite reeling out frightening statistics on okada and tricycles menace, the Lagos State Government on Monday said it will not be taking definitive action against illegal operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles on restricted routes across the State.
The state government had on Sunday said 200 okada accidents were recorded in the state on monthly basis, with 150 people killed in tricycles accidents in the last four years.
However, after a four-hour Security Council meeting chaired by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and attended by all commanders of security agencies in the State, on Monday, the government backed down on definite action on okada and tricycles.
Briefing State House reporters after the meeting, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, said the Government’s delayed action against restriction of motorcycles and tricycles was informed by the need to achieve a generally acceptable solution to the menace.
Omotoso disclosed that relevant parties and stakeholders had reached out to the Government with suggestions and representation that could be adopted to proffer a win-win solution on the matter.
The Security Council, the Commissioner said suggestions and recommendations are being submitted to the Government before coming up with definite plans on the Okada menace.
He said,”We feel it would not be good enough for the Government to make final decision on the matter without considering the opinions of the stakeholders. That would be against the spirit of democracy for which the Sanwo-Olu administration stands.”

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