I SHARE the priority of those that are anxious that the current restriction of the operations of bikes (Okada) and tricycles (Keke Marwa) by the Lagos State Authorities might render most of the operators unemployed.
Aside from the unique crowd of riders in all elements of the state, the brand new firms providing motorbike providers have many riders who could also be thrown about into the employment market.
Some say among the displaced riders could also be pressured to take to crime and additional heighten insecurity within the state.
I’m not in help of any coverage that may render folks jobless. The unemployment state of affairs within the state and the nation is unhealthy sufficient that we can not afford so as to add to the quantity.
Nevertheless, the issue of Okada and Keke which have turn into main technique of transportation opposite to what must be in a megacity is a extra intricate matter that must be correctly understood and addressed as dispassionately as doable.
Whereas there may be the necessity to shield jobs of riders, a few of whom have been pressured to take the choice resulting from lack of higher issues to do, the hazard posed by the continued operations of Okada and Keke, as they’re presently, is just too grave to be ignored.
The riders whose quantity proceed to develop at an alarming price and a few of whose citizenship and competence to journey are questionable have turn into a lawless group that must be referred to as to order earlier than they do extra harm.
What’s the justification for riders refusing to obey the conventional street security rules? Why ought to they drive one-way and endanger the lives of their passengers? Why ought to riders get to visitors lights junctions the place different automobiles cease when the pink mild comes up and the riders simply drive on?
Sadly when they’re referred to as to order, they often assault those that demand that they do the right factor.
When a few of them hit different automobiles, their colleagues gang up and turn into unruly as an alternative of permitting issues to be resolved in accordance with the legislation or amicably.
There are current stories in elements of Lagos the place riders have turn into a nuisance in some communities by their unregulated operations. They create unlawful factors of choosing passengers and congregate in some areas in a menacing manner that portends hazard.
Residents of the Ajao Property alongside the Worldwide Airport needed to demand that the state authorities add their neighborhood to the checklist of areas the place Okadas are banned due to numerous atrocities of the riders.
As a lot as they supply a vital service as a result of transportation deficit in a megacity like Lagos, the riders ought to perceive they can’t ply all routes and should abide by the legal guidelines.
They should know that the fundamental driving rules don’t exempt them if we’re to ensure the protection of street customers.
If solely most of the riders are extra cautious and take the protection of their passengers critically, they won’t drive as recklessly as they do and report pointless fatalities and accidents lots of them have recorded.
In line with the State Commissioner for Info and Technique, Gbenga Omotoso, from 2016 to 2019, there have been over 10,000 accidents recorded on the common hospitals alone excluding unreported instances and people recorded by different hospitals.
Whereas the state authorities might must additional evaluation the checklist of affected areas and make it manageable for safety brokers to implement the legislation, the necessity to take a drastic measure on the matter earlier than it will get out of hand should be appreciated by all.
Sure, I agree that the federal government should urgently present extra options for giant numbers of commuters within the state however the time to halt the Okada, Keke menace is now.