Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-olu made this statement on Tuesday during the official launch of LAGFERRY (Lagos State Government Ferry Services Corporation), held at Badore Ferry Terminal in Ajah.
The Governor said the recklessness oand disobedience to traffic laws by Okada riders as wll as the amassing figures of accidents aided in the enforcement of the immediate ban on Okada and tricycles throughout the state.
According to him;
“I agree it’s a tough decision we made regarding the restriction of Okada and Keke in some parts of Lagos. But I want to say some facts, which people can debate. The restriction that we have done is primarily based on security and safety of lives of residents. We took the decision based on the level of danger we have seen to have happened to our people,” he said.
“As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow Okada riders put our lives in danger. One life is more important to us than all the economic benefits to be made if we allowed them to continue. We understand that investment too can be critical, but keeping people alive and safe is more germane.”