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Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by TonyeBarcanista(m): 8:41am On Feb 06
By Tonyebarcanista


One of the trending subject across Nigeria's social media arena is the decision by Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, the executive Governor of Lagos state, to enforce restrictions of commercial motorcycle (popularly called Okada) and tricycle operators (popularly called Keke) on 6 local government areas and 9 local council development areas, namely; Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LGA , Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate, LCDA, Coker-Aguda LCDAs, Ikeja LGA, Onigbongbo LCDAs, Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA. The ban also affects 10 highways and 40 bridges in Lagos state.

The action by Governor Sanwoolu has earned him criticism from a section of the state's population, especially operators of these Okada and Keke operators, as they felt the decision would have adverse consequences on their means of livelihood. The Governor also came under bashing from a section of Lagos residents and some social commentators; who argue that the ban insensitive to the plight of both operators and passengers of Keke and Okada.

But does Sanwoolu deserve the knocks or commendation when there exist a consensus in Lagos that Okada and Keke operators have been constituting themselves into menace in the city? Even when everyone agree that they are very uncoordinated and contribute greatly to the insane traffic situation in the state? Even when everyone know that they pose security risk to the lives and properties of Lagos state residents?

The Side Of The Law

When Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola came into office as Governor of Lagos state in 2007, he constituted a security committee, the committee fingered Okada as a security risk. Another committee was also constituted in 2011 to look into the activities of Okada; and the committee recommended their restrictions and ban from highways and other major roads in the state. Fashola administration adopted and implemented the recommendation.

However, operators of the commercial motorcycle through their Unions, Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria (MTUN), National Association of Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (NATOMORA) and All Nigerian Auto bikes Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA), went to Federal High Court in Lagos to challenge the restrictions and ban slammed on their activities. On May 4, 2012, the presiding judge, Justice Stephen Adah, ruled that it amounts to impunity for the state Governor to issue fiat against operations of the commercial motorcycle operators and nullified the order of the Governor. However, the Judge held that the State Governor should approach the Lagos State House of Assembly to have them pass law in favor of the policy.

Immediately after the judgement, Governor Fashola approached the Lagos State House of Assembly to repeal and reenact Lagos State Traffic law. The fine tuned bill, which captured restriction of Okada from operating on a total of 496 roads, was passed by the House of Assembly and Governor Fashola assented to it on August 2, 2012; and therefore became a law!

Going by the aforesaid, every sane mind will agree that the decision by Governor Sanwoolu to ban/restrict operators of commercial motorcycle from operating in the captured highways, roads and bridges, is nothing but an enforcement a law that is subsisting. It becomes ridiculous for people to castigate Governor Sanwoolu for doing what is noble and lawful.

Although I sympathise with the affected operators over loss of their incumbent source of livelihood, I must also recognise that the action of the Lagos state Governor is both noble, welcoming and lawful. In fact, it is in the interest of everyone in the state.

Governor Sanwoolu has done well! By the way, Okada operations has been banned in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Imo state, yet heaven did not fall.

Tonye is a writer and political commentator. He can be reached at tonyebarcanista@gmail.com
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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by NimrodEndOfDays(m): 8:43am On Feb 06
TonyeBarcanista:
By Tonyebarcanista

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ne of the trending subject across Nigeria's social media arena is the decision by Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, the executive Governor of Lagos state, to enforce restrictions of commercial motorcycle (popularly called Okada) and tricycle operators (popularly called Keke) on 6 local government areas and 9 local council development areas, namely; Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LGA , Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate, LCDA, Coker-Aguda LCDAs, Ikeja LGA, Onigbongbo LCDAs, Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA. The ban also affects 10 highways and 40 bridges in Lagos state.

The action by Governor Sanwoolu has earned him criticism from a section of the state's population, especially operators of these Okada and Keke operators, as they felt the decision would have adverse consequences on their means of livelihood. The Governor also came under bashing from a section of Lagos residents and some social commentators; who argue that the ban insensitive to the plight of both operators and passengers of Keke and Okada.

But does Sanwoolu deserve the knocks or commendation when there exist a consensus in Lagos that Okada and Keke operators have been constituting themselves into menace in the city? Even when everyone agree that they are very uncoordinated and contribute greatly to the insane traffic situation in the state? Even when everyone know that they pose security risk to the lives and properties of Lagos state residents?

The Side Of The Law

When Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola came into office as Governor of Lagos state in 2007, he constituted a security committee, the committee fingered Okada as a security risk. Another committee was also constituted in 2011 to look into the activities of Okada; and the committee recommended their restrictions and ban from highways and other major roads in the state. Fashola administration adopted and implemented the recommendation.

However, operators of the commercial motorcycle through their Unions, Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria (MTUN), National Association of Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (NATOMORA) and All Nigerian Auto bikes Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA), went to Federal High Court in Lagos to challenge the restrictions and ban slammed on their activities. On May 4, 2012, the presiding judge, Justice Stephen Adah, ruled that it amounts to impunity for the state Governor to issue fiat against operations of the commercial motorcycle operators and nullified the order of the Governor. However, the Judge held that the State Governor should approach the Lagos State House of Assembly to have them pass law in favor of the policy.

Immediately after the judgement, Governor Fashola approached the Lagos State House of Assembly to repeal and reenact Lagos State Traffic law. The fine tuned bill, which captured restriction of Okada from operating on a total of 496 roads, was passed by the House of Assembly and Governor Fashola assented to it on August 2, 2012; and therefore became a law!

Going by the aforesaid, every sane mind will agree that the decision by Governor Sanwoolu to ban/restrict operators of commercial motorcycle from operating in the captured highways, roads and bridges, is nothing but an enforcement a law that is subsisting. It becomes ridiculous for people to castigate Governor Sanwoolu for doing what is noble and lawful.

Although I sympathise with the affected operators over loss of their incumbent source of livelihood, I must also recognise that the action of the Lagos state Governor is both noble, welcoming and lawful. In fact, it is in the interest of everyone in the state.

Governor Sanwoolu has done well! By the way, Okada operations has been banned in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Imo state, yet heaven did not fall.

Tonye is a writer and political commentator. He can be reached at tonyebarcanista@gmail.com

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by wwwihy: 8:51am On Feb 06
TonyeBarcanista:
By Tonyebarcanista


One of the trending subject across Nigeria's social media arena is the decision by Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, the executive Governor of Lagos state, to enforce restrictions of commercial motorcycle (popularly called Okada) and tricycle operators (popularly called Keke) on 6 local government areas and 9 local council development areas, namely; Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LGA , Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate, LCDA, Coker-Aguda LCDAs, Ikeja LGA, Onigbongbo LCDAs, Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA. The ban also affects 10 highways and 40 bridges in Lagos state.

The action by Governor Sanwoolu has earned him criticism from a section of the state's population, especially operators of these Okada and Keke operators, as they felt the decision would have adverse consequences on their means of livelihood. The Governor also came under bashing from a section of Lagos residents and some social commentators; who argue that the ban insensitive to the plight of both operators and passengers of Keke and Okada.

But does Sanwoolu deserve the knocks or commendation when there exist a consensus in Lagos that Okada and Keke operators have been constituting themselves into menace in the city? Even when everyone agree that they are very uncoordinated and contribute greatly to the insane traffic situation in the state? Even when everyone know that they pose security risk to the lives and properties of Lagos state residents?

The Side Of The Law

When Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola came into office as Governor of Lagos state in 2007, he constituted a security committee, the committee fingered Okada as a security risk. Another committee was also constituted in 2011 to look into the activities of Okada; and the committee recommended their restrictions and ban from highways and other major roads in the state. Fashola administration adopted and implemented the recommendation.

However, operators of the commercial motorcycle through their Unions, Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria (MTUN), National Association of Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (NATOMORA) and All Nigerian Auto bikes Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA), went to Federal High Court in Lagos to challenge the restrictions and ban slammed on their activities. On May 4, 2012, the presiding judge, Justice Stephen Adah, ruled that it amounts to impunity for the state Governor to issue fiat against operations of the commercial motorcycle operators and nullified the order of the Governor. However, the Judge held that the State Governor should approach the Lagos State House of Assembly to have them pass law in favor of the policy.

Immediately after the judgement, Governor Fashola approached the Lagos State House of Assembly to repeal and reenact Lagos State Traffic law. The fine tuned bill, which captured restriction of Okada from operating on a total of 496 roads, was passed by the House of Assembly and Governor Fashola assented to it on August 2, 2012; and therefore became a law!

Going by the aforesaid, every sane mind will agree that the decision by Governor Sanwoolu to ban/restrict operators of commercial motorcycle from operating in the captured highways, roads and bridges, is nothing but an enforcement a law that is subsisting. It becomes ridiculous for people to castigate Governor Sanwoolu for doing what is noble and lawful.

Although I sympathise with the affected operators over loss of their incumbent source of livelihood, I must also recognise that the action of the Lagos state Governor is both noble, welcoming and lawful. In fact, it is in the interest of everyone in the state.

Governor Sanwoolu has done well! By the way, Okada operations has been banned in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Imo state, yet heaven did not fall.

Tonye is a writer and political commentator. He can be reached at tonyebarcanista@gmail.com
https://news-af.feednews.com/news/detail/37d38d38cbf9d924a27a82496f9addf1?client=news

Good article... I thought you are only a politician.... don't know you a writer?

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by TonyeBarcanista(m): 8:53am On Feb 06
wwwihy:


Good article... I thought you are only a politician.... don't know you a writer?
I am more of a writer than a politician. In fact, writing is my primary constituency

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by TonyeBarcanista(m): 8:58am On Feb 06
aminusodiq:
E
F... Lol

You don de miss primary school?

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by aminusodiq(m): 9:06am On Feb 06
TonyeBarcanista:

F... Lol

You don de miss primary school?
lmao grin

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by TonyeBarcanista(m): 9:10am On Feb 06
aminusodiq:
lmao grin
So let's see your opinion on the subject

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by PapaBaby: 10:58am On Feb 06
Akwa-Ibom is no longer paying or Sanwo Olu pays in dollars?

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by Firstcitizen: 11:02am On Feb 06
Done well my foot.

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by davillian(m): 11:03am On Feb 06
Liverpool keke riders laughing at Lagos keke raiders .
Mega city my foot

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by MANNABBQGRILLS: 11:03am On Feb 06
Although I sympathise with the affected operators over loss of their incumbent source of livelihood, I must also recognise that the action of the Lagos state Governor is both noble, welcoming and lawful. In fact, it is in the interest of everyone in the state.

This is a VERY sensible write up,
But all we ask for is more palliative measures more than the 65 buses provided for over 21 Million Lagosians.
We need more.

Kudos to the OP,
Unlike the old 60 years old fool that refers to himself as a boy who turned this ban of Okada to a TRIBAL shenanigans already, saying he supported Sanwo-Olu because most of the okada riders in Lagos are from the northern part of the county and they are Shiites members,
hence he can't fight for them!
As if every okada rider in Lagos are Hausas!

What Tribal bigots want to turn this nation to,
they will not live long to witness it.
What a Foolish old man living on crumbs from politicians to cause unrest in our nation.
And you see some foolish youths that have coconut inside their head, instead of working brains , supporting him, brainwashed things!

More Palliative measures from LASG is all we ask for.
We stand with Tonye on this.

Eko Oni Baje.
God bless Lagos state.
God bless Nigeria.


Neddstark:
I apologise for insulting you yesterday. Good comment.
Oh, okay.
We cool.
Hugs!

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by Rabbitcartel: 11:03am On Feb 06
Nice write up from a politician. Nice one..
Meanwhile https://www.nairaland.com/5671883/rabbitcartel-investment-schemes-finally-out
Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by tammie24: 11:03am On Feb 06
This ban is long overdue

Do you have okada in big cities like
London
New York
Paris
Tokyo
Moscow
Dubai
Singapore etc?
Even Abuja
Yet people get around and not everyone has a car
So what's the fuss?

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by Kendumazy(m): 11:03am On Feb 06
While it seems to be a good idea, I urge lagos state government to talk to the police officials not to use the opportunity to extort non restricted areas. There are lots of non restricted areas like Okada and tricycle that operate inside the street, they are being heavily extorted.

Again, there are many sides to the reasons of the ban. I wish sanwo olu administration well anyway. Joe igbokwe gave a hint on the link below. You can check.

https://www.nairaland.com/5667024/ceo-gokada-fahim-saleh-speaks#86351577

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by ikorodureporta: 11:04am On Feb 06
Is it lawful to ban Keke too?

People are complaining because they've made life so difficult for non-car owners who travel to far places daily.

.. bsides, which sane person wld implement a law without putting other factors into consideration

You all emphasize on the security side of it, as if the "suspects" are only okada riders.
All those okada guys are just hussling. Come to my place, you wl see those same class of people doing all the odd jobs, from bush clearing, well digging, house cleaning, building & construction sites job, fruits selling, etc.
Why do you people refer to them as "terrorists"

The same way Nigerians are hussling in places like America... but y'all wl still criticize Trump for the Visa ban

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by Koolking(m): 11:04am On Feb 06
I absolutely agree with Sanwo Olu-Lagos state govt enforcement of the law. Sanity is taking shape in Lagos.

We will all get over the inconvenience shortly.

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by donbenz(m): 11:05am On Feb 06
I agree with this caption. cool

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by wilemer: 11:06am On Feb 06
TonyeBarcanist:


Going by the aforesaid, every sane mind will agree that the decision by Governor Sanwoolu to ban/restrict operators of commercial motorcycle from operating in the captured highways, roads and bridges, is nothing but an enforcement a law that is subsisting. It becomes ridiculous for people to castigate Governor Sanwoolu for doing what is noble and lawful.

Although I sympathise with the affected operators over loss of their incumbent source of livelihood, I must also recognise that the action of the Lagos state Governor is both noble, welcoming and lawful. In fact, it is in the interest of everyone in the state.

Governor Sanwoolu has done well! By the way, Okada operations has been banned in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Imo state, yet heaven did not fall.



wrong analogy

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by rachels: 11:06am On Feb 06
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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by lyriclekidd(m): 11:07am On Feb 06
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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by Advocator1: 11:07am On Feb 06
Hmmm

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by klins4213(m): 11:07am On Feb 06
Done well? This is a way of saying leave Lagos for lagosians.


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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by kabe1: 11:08am On Feb 06
Why would a cosmopolitan state like Lagos have Okada riders?

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by Goodcare(m): 11:09am On Feb 06
It is well

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Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by helinues: 11:10am On Feb 06
May be, may be not
Re: Okada Restriction In Lagos: Sanwoolu Is On The Side Of The Law And Has Done Well by davodyguy: 11:10am On Feb 06
Thank you

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