The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has backed the ban on bike (okada) and Tricycle (keke) operations in Lagos State, noting that the means of transportation is not part of the state plan.
The former governor on Thursday, made the statement while speaking at a lecture organized by the United Action for Change in Lagos.
Recall, the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had banned the operation of Okada, and keke, restricting them from 15 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas, including highways and major roads in the state.
The ban has in the last week created controversies and mixed reactions leading to protests in some parts of the state.
While many after the enforcement complained of gridlock, hike in fare and shortage of commercial buses to convey to them to their respective offices. But Fashola opposed the position of Lagos residents, saying that it would rather reduce the crime that bikes aid.
“If you are concerned about security you must support the present Lagos governor now on Okada ban. As the Center of Excellence, motorcycles should not be our choice of transport,”
“Motorcycles are means of peddling drugs to children even under the watch of parents without knowing.
“ Motorcycle has always been a conduit pipe for the opioid crisis among youths. We must act to eliminate anonymity.
“I was robbed in my home, in fact on my bed in 1999.
“Organised crime is dynamic, criminals are aware that people don’t keep money at home again, now they diversified into kidnapping people for ransom,” Fashola stated.