The recent implementation of the ban on motorcycle and tricycle, popularly known as Okada and Keke, respectively by the Lagos State Government, recorded wide protests across the state.
With the reputation of the state being the largest populated area in the country, this categorized vehicular restrictions will bear much suffering on the residents.
A resident said, “With this current situation, we are in for difficult times in our businesses as some of us cannot bear resultant hike in transport fares.”
The obvious reasons are to restore sanity and sanctity of the environment and the mind of residents respectively. These righteous agenda of the Lagos State Government bears some negative implications on welfare and the affairs of the residents of the state. With the following lines, we will be analyzing some negative effects of the said ban on the business affairs and social welfare of the state.
1. Movement Difficulties
Given to large population of residents in Lagos, the state has witnessed an increasing surge of vehicular and human traffic. This development will bring untold hardship to commuters who ply their enterprises in the state. Imagine how difficult it will be for corporate and business enterprises to dispatch and receive correspondences without the aid of dispatch bikes. The buses provided by the state government as alternative measures don’t have the flexibility of plying all the routes in the state. This makes it difficult for residents to access some parts of the state with ease and convenience.
2. Increase in Unemployment Rate
According to tradingeconomics.com, the unemployment rate in Nigeria increased to 23.10 per cent in the third quarter of 2018, from 22.70 per cent in the second quarter of 2018. The Nigerian unemployment rate is currently on the rise; a sizeable number of youths who were engaged in motorcycle/tricycle business before the ban will automatically add to the growing number of youths currently out of meaningful employment. These statistics are a major issue in most developing countries and government policies like this won’t help ameliorate their harsh effects either.
3. High Crime Rate
When a sizable number of the youthful labour force are out of jobs, they tend to resort to vices and other criminal activities in order to make ends meet. In a compulsory fight for survival, miscreants and unlawful elements may hijack this situation to perpetrate all manners of evil and felonies in a bid to forcefully disposes people of their valuables and possessions. We have over the years witnessed an increase in widespread crime and atrocities, kidnappings. The government of Lagos State must provide adequate alternative means of employment for people who are affected by the policy, in order to curtail the spread of crime not just in the state but also across the country.