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Lagos gov. restricts ‘Okada’, Keke as 600 deaths, 10,000 accidents recorded in 4 years

After what seems forth and back debate with all stakeholders, the Lagos State government, on Monday, finally resolved to begin strict enforcement of its laws which restriction motorcycle (Okada) and tricycle (Keke)  on some roads and bridges in the state.

The decision arrived at during the security council meeting of the state government, chaired by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is motivated by scary statistics which show that 600 lives were lost and 10,000 Okada and Keke related accidents recorded in the state between 2016 and 2019.

Gbenga Omotosho, the state commissioner for information and strategy, told State House correspondents, that the security council took the decision because the security and safety of lives of Lagosians are paramount.

The figures are scary.  From 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone.  This number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals.  The total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as at date.

The rate of crimes aided by Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) keeps rising.

Therefore, in compliance with the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, the council has decided to commence enforcement of the law which bans the operation of Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) in the following Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs):

Apapa LG and Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA, Surulere LG,  Ikeja LG, Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LG, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LG and Lagos Island East LCDA. The full enforcement begins on February 1, 2020,” said Omotosho.

The Lagos state government has banned the operation of Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) on major highways, bridges, and underbridges in six Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state.

The statement reads: “This is the first stage of the State Government’s plan to sanitize our roads and protect Lagosians from the negative effects of these illegal modes of transportation.

“The Law is very clear. Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) are banned on all highways, bridges and the listed roads.

Major Highways

  1. Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
  2. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
  3. Oworonshoki-Oshodi Expressway
  4. Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway
  5. Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway
  6. Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway
  7. Lagos-Badagry Expressway
  8. Funsho Williams Avenue
  9. Agege Motor Road
  10. Eti-Osa Lekki

Bridges

  1. Iyana- Ipaja Bridge Agege
    2. Dopemu Bridge Agege
    3. Airport/Ikeja Bridge
    4. Agege Motor road/oshodi Loop, Oshodi
    5. Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge
    6. Dorman Long Bridge
    7. Ojuelegba Bridge
    8. National Stadium Flyover
    9. Apapa-Iganmu Bridge
    10. Apapa-Ijora Link Bridge
    11. Liverpool Bridge, Apapa
    12. Mile 2 Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-Odofin
    13. Okota (cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge
    14. Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network
    15. Ikorodu Road/Anthony Clover leaf Bridge
    16. Trade Fair Flyover Bridge
    17. Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge
    18. 2 Flyover Bridges along Alhaji Masha Road
    19. Ojota Clover leaf Bridge
    20. Ogudu Bridge
    21. 3rd Mainland Bridge
    22. Maryland flyover
    23. Ikeja General Hospital Flyover Bridge
  2. Kodesoh Bridge, Oba Akran, Ikeja
  3. Opebi Link Bridge
  4. Sheraton-Opebi Bridge
  5. Jibowu/Yaba flyover Bridge
  6. Carter Bridge, Lagos
  7. Bariga-Ifako Bridge
  8. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge
  9. Bariga/Oworonsoki Bridge
  10. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Gbagada U-Turn
  11. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
  12. 3rd Mainland/Oworonsoki Bridge
  13. Eko Bridge
  14. Apongbon flyover Bridge
  15. Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess)
  16. Mcwen Bridge (Bonny Camp)
  17. Marina/Ikoyi Bridge
  18. Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge.

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