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Lagos Okada Ban: Gokada, Max Riders & Others Embark On Massive Protest

Some argue the Lagos State recent ban on motorcycle commercialization "Okada" is good for the society while others argue that it will bring back crime in the state because they are relieving people off their jobs, thus forcing them to be jobless.

Which side is good to err? 

Well, some commercial motorcycle operators today being Friday took to the street to express their grievances over the recent decision of the state government to restrict their movement in some Local Government Areas, bridges, and highways in the state.

The operators which include majorly that of Gokada and Max.ng staged a peaceful protest from Oregun road to the Lagos state capital, Ikeja. Bearing various placards, the protesters appealed to the state government to regulate their services and not restrict them from operating.

They lamented that the okada business is their only means of living and survival.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, announced earlier this week that the government would enforce the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in six local government areas, as well as major highways and bridges from February 1, 2020.

He explained that the decision was taken after a robust assessment of the debate on the rate of accidents in Lagos, saying security and safety of the lives of the residents were paramount.

He also warned that all offenders and violators would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the state.

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