By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
No fewer than 7,500 commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada have been impounded and crushed in Lagos since June 1, 2022 till date.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladehinde made the disclosure at a press conference in Alausa on Thursday.
According to him, all the motorcycles were impounded and crushed in the ongoing enforcement, while resistance had dropped sharply.
He issued a stern warning to riders who may want to flout the proscription order, stressing that the enforcement would not be sparing.
The Commissioner said the State Government had interventions in place to empower the affected Okada riders as an alternative means of livelihood.
He urged them to embrace the intervention programmes which are being coordinated by six Government ministries and also Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF).
He said: “It is important to reiterate the State Government’s commitment to the safety, security of lives and properties in the State. In exercising this, any motorcycle impounded will be crushed and the process will be made public.
“Both riders and passengers arrested on proscribed routes will be made to face the full wrath of the law in line with the provision of Section 46, sub-section 1, 2 & 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL), 2018.”
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, observed that the last Tuesday meeting with stakeholders reviewed the enforcement action taken since the total ban, pointing out that the feedback from the public informed further measures to curtail the activities of the commercial motorcycles.
He said Okada riding remained alien to the State’s integrated transportation master plan.
The ban enforcement will be supervised by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation.