…restricted on 10 major roads, 40 bridges
…Govt says 600 die in 10,000 motorcycle accidents
agos State government yesterday announced ban on the operations of the commercial motorcycles and tricycles on 10 major roads and 40 bridges.
Enforcement of the ban, which came after months of speculation, will take effect from February 1, 2020.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gebenga Omotoso, disclosed this while briefing journalists.
Omotoso said the decision was reached after a robust assessment of the debate on the continued operation of motorcycles popularly called Okada and tricycles otherwise known as Keke NAPEP by the State Security Council, which unanimously agreed that the security and safety of lives of Lagosians was paramount.
Government, according to him, hinged its decision on the scary statistics victims of Okada accidents recorded.
He said over 600 lives had been lost in the 10,000 cases of Okada accidents recorded in the hospital and unrecorded cases.
The commissioner said that aside from the accident rate which was responsible for the loss of 600 lives, the rate of crimes aided by motorcycles and tricycles kept rising.
He said: “Motorcycles and tricycles are also used as getaway means by criminals. Therefore, after consultations with stakeholders, the State Security Council, in compliance with the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, has decided to commence enforcement of the law which bans the operation of motorcycles (Okada) and tricycles (Keke) in the following Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) – Apapa LG and Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA, Surulere LG, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs, Ikeja LG, Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LG, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LG and Lagos Island East LCDA.”
According to Omotoso, the full enforcement begins on February 1, 2020.
The commissioner described the ban as the first stage of government’s plan to sanitise Lagos roads and protect Lagosians from the negative effects of the “illegal modes of transportation”.
Omotoso listed other major highways prohibited for operation of motorcycles and tricycles to include Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Oworonshoki-Oshodi Expressway, Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Funsho Williams Avenue, Agege Motor Road, and Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road.
According to him, their operation is forbidden on the bridges such as Iyana-Ipaja Bridge, Agege; Dopemu Bridge, Agege; Airport/Ikeja Bridge, Agege Motor Road/Oshodi Loop, Oshodi; Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge; Dorman Long Bridge; Ojuelegba Bridge; National Stadium Flyover; Apapa-Iganmu Bridge; Apapa-Ijora Link Bridge; Liverpool Bridge, Apapa; Mile 2 Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-Odofin; Okota (cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge; Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network; Ikorodu Road/Anthony Clover Leaf Bridge; and Trade Fair Flyover Bridge.
Others include Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge; 2 Flyover Bridges along Alhaji Masha Road; Ojota Clover Leaf Bridge; Ogudu Bridge; 3rd Mainland Bridge; Maryland Flyover; Ikeja General Hospital Flyover Bridge; Kodesoh Bridge Oba Akran, Ikeja.
Other bridges are Opebi Link Bridge’ Sheraton-Opebi Bridge’ Jibowu/Yaba Flyover; Carter Bridge, Lagos; Bariga-Ifako Bridge; Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge; Bariga/Oworonsoki Bridge; Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Gbagada U-Turn; Apapa-Oshodi Expressway; 3rd Mainland/Oworonsoki Bridge; Eko Bridge; Apongbon Flyover; Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess); Mcwen Bridge (Bonny Camp); Marina/Ikoyi Bridge; and Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge.
“Members of the public are hereby notified that all offenders and violators will be dealt with in accordance with the law,” Omotoso said.