The Chairman, House Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Industry, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebisi Yusuff, has said that the State Government would not reverse its decision on the new traffic law.Hon. Yusuff disclosed this at a meeting with the members of the Motorcycle Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MOWAN) held at the Assembly complex on Thursday.
Yusuf noted that before the State of Assembly passed the traffic law, there was a public hearing where all stakeholders in the transportation system were given the opportunity to express their views on the proposed law, adding that their opinion were taken into consideration before the law was passed by the House.
According to him, “the law simply restricted the movement of okada in some designated areas in the state, they were not banned from operating”.While noting that many people have lost their lives and members of their families to the recklessness of okada riders on the highways, the lawmaker stressed that Government would not fold its hands and watch its people being maimed or killed by okada riders.
“As we speak now despite the law in place, there are some okada riders riding against traffic on highways “, he said. Hon. Yusuff, therefore, appealed to the association to come up with a new transportation system that would not have a high death rate as okada does. Contributing, a member of the committee, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, urged the Motorcycle Manufacturers Association of Nigeria to implore okada riders not to vandalise government properties, adding that anybody caught would be dealt with according to the law.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Association, Mr. Oladipo Adediji, said the association commends the state government for its vision and the ban on motorcyclists from plying 475 roads out of 9000 roads in the state.Mr. Adediji, however, said “in as much as we support the policies of the State, we are pleading with you to use your good offices to review downwards the number of roads where Okada is banned from plying with the exemption of corporate and private riders”.He emphasised that the restriction would not only hurt okada riders but would also affect the mechanics, vulcanizers, spare parts dealers and the state economy as a whole.