Here is why Lagos State Govt ban Okada riders:
- It is not part of the plan of Lagos being a Mega city in the near future.
- According to their reports, the accident rate of Okada’s is at an all-time high which led to the immediate ban without providing alternatives
- Okada’s & tricycles have been used to perpetuate crimes.
Residents of Lekki have given their support to the Lagos State Government on the ban, rumor has it that Okada riders have been travelling in mass to Lagos State, most of whom are either Shiites members and or even belonging to more violent/radical groups.
These groups are sponsored by unknown supporters which leaves their motive(s) questionable. It also looks like Lagos is slowly been surrounded by these suspicious elements. It is alleged that these group(s) can attack or cause mayhem at point in time as their target in recent time is Lagos & Ekiti, hence the influx of Okada riders from the North.
So if all the above assumptions & allegations are correct then maybe we need to
cut the government some slack, scratch that there are better ways the government can address the situation.
Here is a better a way to approach the Okada/Tricycle Ban:
What is a vehicle?
According to Wikipedia, vehicle is a machine that transports people or cargo. Vehicles include wagons, bicycles, motor vehicles (motorcycles, cars, trucks, buses), railed vehicles (trains, trams), watercraft (ships, boats), amphibious vehicles (screw-propelled vehicle, hovercraft), aircraft (airplanes, helicopters) and spacecraft.
Therefore, if a car driver is required to get a license and registration to drive a car bike riders should also be required to do so.
Instead of banning them, make it difficult for anyone to pick up a bike and start riding bikes, no papers or registration, no riding.
Which brings me to another situation, why are the likes of Gokada, Opay & Max banned alongside the regular okada riders?
Given that these guys are regulated, their drivers are registered and can be traced, therefore, how much of a treat do they pose in the grand scheme of things? A company can be held liable for the misbehavior or unworthiness of the driver right; so it begs the question why ban them?
Gokada for instance has less than 250 minor accidents in a total of 350,000 rides which 0.07%, very low compared to the number accidents caused by those God forsaken trucks.
Let’s talk security:
Yes, the ban helps to reduce the influx of Okada men from the North to Lagos therefore, reducing the threats to our safety but this ban has also exposed the average Lagosian with no private car to dangerous situations.
For instance, the girl that can no longer afford to take an Uber because there is a surge since Demand is more than supply. There are no bikes or bike-hailing service to swiftly take her to her destination, so, who protects her?
Traffic robberies – What has been done to curb this? Okada ban is somewhat directly proportional to the increase in the number of cars on the road resulting to increase in the already terrible traffic situation in Lagos.
So in all honestly, can we say that the ban is the solution to the intended problem?
Wrong solution to a right problem.