Lagos reviews Okada ban

by S’ola Filani

 

Commercial motorcycle riders in Lagos State, may soon have cause to rejoice as the state House of Assembly has agreed to review some of the roads where their operations had been previously restricted.

A few days after the state governor, batunde Fashola, reversed the fees paid by Lagos State University (LASU) students to its original N25,000, following series of protests, the Lagos State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, moved to amend the state Traffic Law, accusing the enforcement agencies, particularly the police, of poor implementation.

While moving for a public hearing on the review exercise, the assembly urged Governor Fashola to urgently call on the state Commissioner of Police, Umaru Manko, to ensure his officers and men desist from indiscriminate arrest of okada riders, particularly outside the restricted areas.

The House further said it had become important to revisit the law and list of restricted routes so they could be amended where possible to avoid the conflicts between the police and commercial motorcycle operators which had resulted in alleged exploitation by some of the security agents.

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