OKADA, TRICYCLES BAN: LAGOS GOVT TO PROVIDE 65 NEW BUSES, 14 FERRIES - Issuesplus Daily

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OKADA, TRICYCLES BAN: LAGOS GOVT TO PROVIDE 65 NEW BUSES, 14 FERRIES





The Lagos State government on said Monday that it has taken note of the little discomfort being experienced by commuters on some routes due to the ban on motorcycles and tricycles across major routes in the state.

To this end, it has planned to provide a fleet of 65 buses to join the others already in operation on some major routes as from Monday, February 3, 2020, with a promise for additional 550 more buses to be added soon, including 14 ferries to be commissioned on Tuesday, which is expected to further open up the waterways, reduce travel time on various routes and provide safe, dependable and comfortable alternatives for commuters.
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso disclosed this in a statement he signed and made available to Issuesplus Daily.
He note that the government was not unaware that enforcing the ban may lead to some job losses., adding that the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, plans to announce some measures to tackle the likely effects of the order, besides the programmes of various agencies, such as the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Office of Civic Engagement, Lagos State Parks and Gardens and others.



However, the government has warned all those who are planning to unleash violence on the state because of the ongoing enforcement to have a change of heart.
“Lagosians are peace loving and law abiding people, who will not embrace any disruption of their legal activities by failed politicians hiding under the evil of unwholesome activism. The law enforcement agents have been directed to ensure that nobody takes the law into his hands. The government places a very high premium on law and order in the interest of all Lagosians.  It will not fail to act when peace is threatened” the Commissioner said in the statement.
Meanwhile, the government of Lagos State has praised motorcycle and tricycle operators for complying with the restriction from six local government areas, major highways and bridges. It will be recalled that the enforcement of the State Security Council’s order began on Saturday, February 1, 2020.



“The level of compliance was over 90 %. In fact, some of the ride hailing companies directed their riders to obey the directive. This is commendable. The high level of compliance has shown that Lagosians agree with the government on the need to stop the danger that commercial motorcycles and tricycles have become - a big threat to safety of lives and security of our people. They should stand firm in supporting the government,” the stamen further added.
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