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Oyo Will Not Ban ‘Okada’ Like Lagos But Regulate Their Operations, Says Seyi Makinde

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The Oyo State Government has said it has no intention of placing a ban on commercial motorcycle operations, also known as ‘okada’, in the state.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had recently., announced a ban on okada operations in six LGAs of the state, which took effect on June 1.

The affected local government areas include Ikeja, Surulere, Eti Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.

The directive was announced some days after some commercial motorcyclists lynched a sound engineer identified as David Imoh in the Lekki axis of the state.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, in a series of tweets on Saturday, said the state will not replicate the development in Lagos.

Asides from stating that okada is an important means of transportation, Makinde said a ban will leave a lot of people unemployed.

“We take decisions based on data, science and logic. If they ban them in Lagos, how long will it take them to realise the benefits? The situation in Lagos is the same as ours,” he said.

“We have no intention of banning Okada. We will regulate them, we will identify them and the criminals will be dealt with. I have seen people with their cars jump okada to go to the bank. They are serving a purpose.

“We have started identity management. If we say ban because Lagos did it, what next? Those riding Okada legitimately take them out of business.

“When we identify them, who, what, where, we let the people know that there may be criminal elements.

“If we wholesale send them out, we will have more criminal issues. They could become armed robbers.”

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