Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde has pledged to “strictly” control the operations of commercial motorcycles in the province following the alleged influx of Lagos Okada riders and Keke drivers into the state.
This was contained in a statement made available by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, Dr. Akin Fagbemi, on Monday in Ibadan.
According to Fagbemi, Governor Seyi Makinde will soon make a pronouncement on whether or not Okada would be allowed in the state.
He said, “We are aware of the massive exodus of affected motorcycle operators to Oyo State, which is anticipated, but I assure you, that OYRTMA is on top of its game. As we earnestly await the position of the state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the proscription or otherwise of motorcycles within the major highways in the state, it is crucial we get ourselves prepared for what is to come.”
He said though the Oyo was reputed for its hospitality, it, however, would take proactive steps to stop any breach in the security of the state or overstretching of the available infrastructure.
Fagbemi noted that OYRTMA has put in place measures to have a central database of all commercial cabs, tricycles and motorcycle operators within the state. He further urged commercial cab drivers to desist from carrying more than a passenger on their front seats. He also called on tricycle riders to stop carrying passengers on their front seats.
Naija News recalls that the recent ban of Okada and the tricycle driver in Lagos state has caused several reactions by key stakeholders in the transportation sector. However the governor of Lagos state, Mr Babatunde Sanwolu has also promised to look at alternative measures and options for the affected victims of the Okada Ban.