Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has stated that the decision to ban motorcycle and tricycle riders in some parts of the state was irreversible. According to him, the ban was necessary because of safety and security reasons.
The governor stated this on Tuesday while inaugurating 14 commercial boats at the Badore Ferry Terminal in Ajah and a mobile app. Each of the boats can carry 40 – 60 passengers and would commute around Ikorodu, Ebute Ero, CMS, Badore and Ikoyi.
He said that the Lagos State Government is committed to developing water transportation as a strategy to reducing traffic congestion on the road, adding that there must be diversification and interconnectivity of rail, road and water transportation systems to tackle the traffic situation in the state.
Sanwo-Olu noted that the state would increase the boats to 30 by the end of the year. He further added that 500 buses would be injected into the Lagos transport system to ease transportation problems.
“Let me tell you about the ban which we just enforced. We will sustain the ban on okadas and tricycles, mainly because of security and safety reasons. Security and safety of citizens are paramount to any government. As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow security breach in the state.
“We will continue to ensure the safety of our people on all fronts. There have been reports of serious security breaches and safety concerns in areas where these operators ply. We had to respond to these concerns because life and safety matter to this government,” he added.
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