The legal loophole that could save ride-hailing platforms — Max, Gokada, ORide, and Keke in Lagos


The enforcement of the okada ban in February 2020 has been trailed by a lot of reactions and counterreactions.

The streets have been filled with protests; commuters are experiencing difficulties, and there have been reports of a possible hike in fares of buses and taxis that were left to fill the void left by keke (tricycles) and okada (motorcycles) in 15 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Lagos.

As a possible by-product of this directive, Gokada CEO, Fahim Saleh, confirmed the lay-off of 70% of its staff, and a possible pivot to delivery and boats.

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However, questions of its legality were seemingly put to rest by Kayode Adegbola, who pointed out that the commissioner of transport in Lagos was well within his rights to give that order, based on the transport sector reform laws of 2018.

In this article, Timi Olagunju, tech lawyer and policy consultant,  examines the impact this will have on investments in Nigeria, and how the recent order could be reversed based on a loophole at the federal level.

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