Sanity reigned across major roads of Lagos metropolis on Saturday, on day one of the restriction imposed by the state government on the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles. Okada and Keke riders kept off the major highways and bridges in compliance with the government directive
The Iyana Ipaja/Ikeja/Oshodi axis where okada riders used to hold sway prior to the restriction was visibly bereft of them yesterday.
Many commuters who would have required their services were seen walking to their destinations.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) welcomed the compliance of commercial motorcycle (Okada) and tricycle (Keke) operators with the restriction as “pretty good.”
The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Olajide Oduyoye, said that there would not be fight or argument with any operator who willingly complied with the law.
For instance, in the Oshodi area of the state where there are designated parks for all sorts of commercial motorcycles, including Opay, Gokada, Max Okada and others, no motorcycle was seen in sight at the time of this report except for a dispatch rider belonging to 12 Baskets.
On the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, okada riders were seen at every five minutes’ drive without any tricycle in sight. Iyana Isolo bus stop was free of okada riders that used to impede people from crossing the road to the other side while the other side was also free of okada and keke marwa. From Iyana Isolo towards Daleko, there were no okada or keke; so passengers had to walk from Iyana Isolo to Daleko to board vehicles heading to their different directions
From Oshodi towards Ketu, Mile 12 and Ikorodu, there were no okada or marwa in sight also. Iyana Ipaja to Oshodi was also free of okada riders, as well as Obalende to Oshodi. But at Mosafejo across Oshodi, some okada riders were seen on their bikes waiting for passengers and moving around.
Agbara towards Iyana-Iba to Mile 2 was not totally free as okada riders started work very early before officials of the police force came to chase them away. Many of them had several degrees of injuries as they were seen falling and getting up as they ran from the policemen.
At Agbara, they hid on the Ogun State side of the road until the men of the police force were no longer in sight, then they came out again to begin work and go back into hiding when they sighted police personnel.
However, some commuters lamented the hardship over the kick-off of the enforcement of ban in the state.