Former governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi, has condemned the ban on Okada and ‘Keke Napep’ in some routes in the state.
In a thread on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, Gbadamosi noted that the ban of the two means of transportation was poorly thought out.
He wrote: “There is no doubt in my mind that something needed to be done about the clear and present danger that many Okada & Keke operators had come to constitute to the lives and limbs of Lagosians, as well as their safety & security.
“With the invasion of Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA HQ still fresh in our minds, as well as several recently reported incidents of attempted lynchings by mobs of Okada riders over traffic incidents.
“To that extent, one must commend the government for making some kind of decision. However, the quality of the decision made can be measured in the immediate, medium and long-term effects of same.
” The crowds at bus stops & sad images of thousands of Lagos commuters trekking forlornly to their destinations are a heart-breaking testimonials to the poor quality of thought that went into this decision. That said, what to do now?
“Gov. Ambode displayed around 5,000 buses at the launch of the now moribund Ikeja and Oshodi Bus Terminals. All those buses and more must now be rolled out on ALL existing commuter routes in Lagos State, to immediately ease the long to medium distance journeys.