Lagos Life Without Okada
ElevateNews takes a look at Lagos life without Okada.
For a government that is working to create a smart city, it is not a bad policy to ban motorcycle and tricycle as means of transportation.
The mega status in Lagos State should not only be measured by its over 25 million population but also by the infrastructure in the city.
Lagos remains the only megacity in this part of the world without a working railway system.
On Tuesday, the State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated a new set of speedboats for a commercial water transport system.
This came about 48 hours that the government banned the operation of Okada in the State.
It also increased the number of its mass transit buses, BRT by 65 to cushion the effect of the ban.
Pending the completion of the blue rail line, transportation in Lagos will remain a daunting task because there is no sufficient buses to move the population.
The ban on Okada is an eye opener because commuters are facing big challenge on Lagos roads now.
Lagosians who work on the Island feel the burn more due to the many inner roads but with no means to get there except by trekking.
As good as this policy could be, I think the government ought to have provided an alternative for the teeming population of commuters.
There is a need to have mini inter street buses in Lagos as a better replacement for the banned Okada to ease movement.
Over 7,000 operators of the Gokada and Opay commercial motorcycle have been laid off, following the ban.
The government has to create a mechanism for feedback so as to get sufficient data to solve many of the problems.
“I trek every evening from Adeola Odeku to Tafawa Balewa Square to join BRT, ” Mr. Kola Ajanaku told our correspondent.
He said that Lagos life without Okada and tricycle is stressful, adding, “after a long working days, those of us who have no cars will hit the road in the sun to trek a long distance to get a bus.”
Of course, many of the bus stops are closer but there are no buses to pick commuters. “This is not a good life to live and it will begin to tell on the health of many residents soon,” Ajanaku said.
There are many private vehicle owners that have since gone commercial, using their cars to move stranded commuters.
They are few in number and they charge the commuters so exorbitantly. This could also be dangerous because there are car owners with bad intention.
Thousands of innocent Nigerians had ended in the custody of kidnappers and ritualists just because there are no enough commercial buses to move them.
The government should, as a matter of urgency, roll out mini buses that can ply Lagos inner streets.