Reactions have trailed the total ban of commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada, in six Local Government Areas of Lagos State.
Naija News earlier reported that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos announced the Okada ban while briefing heads of security agencies in the state at a meeting at the State House, Ikeja on Wednesday.
The governor stated that the total ban on Okada in the six local councils takes effect from June 1, 2022, and would be fully enforced.
Sanwo-Olu pointed out that the ban in the six local councils is part of the phase banning okadas in the state.
According to Sanwo-Olu, the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) under the six local government areas would also be affected.
The governor listed the six affected local councils as Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.
He, however, charged all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), Area Commanders and the Taskforce to enforce the total ban from June 1.
However, some Nigerians have taken to social media to express their opinions on the ban on Okada in Nigeria’s commercial city.
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.”
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— 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