The outright prohibition of commercial motorbikes, often known as Okadas, in six Lagos Local Government Areas has sparked outrage.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos announced the Okada ban during a meeting of chiefs of security agencies in the state on Wednesday at the State House, Ikeja, according to Naija02.
According to the governor, the absolute prohibition on Okada in the six local councils will go into effect on June 1, 2022, and will be strictly implemented.
The restriction in the six local councils, according to Sanwo-Olu, is part of the state’s phase of outlawing okadas.
According to Sanwo-Olu, the six local government areas’ Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) would also be impacted.
Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa are the six impacted local governments, according to the governor.
However, he ordered all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), Area Commanders, and the Taskforce to begin enforcing the blanket prohibition on June 1.
Some Nigerians, however, have gone to social media to voice their displeasure with the ban of Okada in Nigeria’s commercial capital.
See some of the reactions below:
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With the total ban on Okada in Lagos. If you are passing through Surulere, Apapa, Lagos Island, Ikeja, Eti osa just keep your things carefully because pickpockets go yapa for those roads as many will become redundant and probably jobless.
— #OLAthrives❤️🇳🇬 (@trendwithola) May 18, 2022
"It is unfortunate that Okada riders are banned from Kano and Kaduna States while they ride with impunity in Lagos despite the ban by the government.”
Security threat: How residents, Oniru pushed Sanwo-Olu to ban Okada in 15 local councils https://t.co/wPczTzo3p3
— Chuks Akunna (@akunnachux) May 19, 2022
You don’t like Okada in Lagos but anytime LASG moves to ban them you wage SM campaigns about “frustrating Nigerians struggling to survive”.
You ask what “alternatives” govt created for them.
Why the cries recently?
Your real problem is that you assume “Hausa men” == Okada men.
— Stephen Ikechukwu🇳🇬 (@StephenIkechuk4) May 16, 2022
Lagos State has re-banned the on-going ban on Okada. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Ikenna Ronald Nzimora (@ronaldnzimora) May 18, 2022
The major problem with okada ban are the enforcers,once they collect money from the okada riders lobatan.The enforcers will start okada business soon, we have a warped society.That’s the fundamental problem.
— oseni rufai (@ruffydfire) May 18, 2022
This okada ban,I'm pretty certain that after a month,they will all be back to the road.
— Limmah b͚i͚l͚l͚i͚o͚n͚s͚ (@ScentsByLimmah) May 18, 2022
Next year, Lagos State government will still ban Okada 😃🤣😃🤣
I mean it calls for serious concern if a whole state government is confused and can't introduce a firm stance.
— Opeyemi Ayoola (@OpeyemiAyoola01) May 19, 2022
Two years ago, you banned Okada. Today, you're banning the same Okada again. It is not as if you lifted the initial ban o. You basically re-banned something you have banned.
Ijoba Banabasi. 😂🤣
— Demola Of Lagos 𓃵 (@OmoGbajaBiamila) May 18, 2022
Na every 6months sanwo olu dey ban okada..
This is not new! https://t.co/qQBdDUXLet
— Medina (@MeddyCation) May 18, 2022
This new Okada ban that will come into effect by June, Is it that the state government does not know there is an Okada ban before, or he just decided to upgrade it?
— Muiz ✨ | Fav Online Laundry Boy (@MisterLeks) May 19, 2022