Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday threatened to extend the current restriction on operations of commercial motorcycle operators, also called okada riders, by the state Road Traffic Law to outright ban.
According to the law, okada riders are restricted from operating on 475 major highways, roads and bridges in the state.
A number of them had been protesting the restriction, saying it was meant to drive them out of jobs. One of the protests on Monday went violent as they vandalised some public properties.
While speaking, Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, said “The Assembly will not hesitate to ban okada out-rightly if the riders continue to destroy government property and constitute nuisance in the state.”
While briefing the Assembly on the protest, the lawmaker representing Mainland Constituency II, Mr. Olanrewaju Oshun said, “The okada riders took to Ikorodu road in protest, destroying government properties including the Bus Rapid Transit over the restriction of their operations in the state.” Oshun frowned on the attitude, calling on the state government to strengthen security agencies to protect lives and property.
Another lawmaker, Mr. Bisi Yusuf said, “Okada riders operations had been banned from states like Yola, Yobe, Kano, Abuja, Rivers and some parts of the Osun State. Banning them in Lagos will not be a new thing.”