The ban on commercial motorbikes (okada) and tricycles (keke) on selected roads and areas of Lagos is a necessary measure, even if it is inconvenient at the moment. It is a task that has to be done if Lagos city is to become the kind of city the government and the people so much desire. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso quoting scary casualty figures, explained that the government “decided that the security and safety of lives of Lagosians are paramount. From 2016 to 2019, over 10, 000 accidents had been recorded at the general hospitals alone while over 600 deaths were reported. He added that, “the rate of crimes aided by motorbikes and tricycles keeps rising including being used as get-away means by criminals.”
This is not an unusual measure in the country. Years ago, the Abuja city authorities banned such vehicles; successive governments of Imo State banned first the motorcycles, and subsequently, the tricycles. But it is worthy to emphasise that these governments quickly put in place alternative and effective means of transport. The somewhat seamless implementation of the policy indicated good planning.