Can the Lagos okada highway ban be more measured?

After consultations with the stakeholders, the state security council, in compliance with the extant transport sector reform laws 2018 has decided to commence enforcement of the law which bans motorcycles and tricycles.” — Gbenga Omotoso, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy.

With an official estimated population of about 21 million people, it should take a lot of consideration for government to ban such an important means of transportation for a vast majority of Lagosians.

The legality question

Instead, the move has already gotten off to a faulty start because it seeks to outlaw actions which are allowed within the laws it claims to enforce.

The state government spokesperson, when pressed on the matter, stated that bikes run by online ride hailing companies like ORide and Gokada will also be affected by the ban. However, the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Laws 2018 (PDF) clearly allows vehicles above 200cc engine capacity, to operate within state highways.


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