The Lagos State Government, Sunday, gave clarifications on the rumour that it would unban motorcycles from plying major highways and bridges in the state. It said it was a rumour.
Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Raji, said that the restriction law roads was made in public interest.
Raji stated that “by enacting the Law of 2012, we have made considerable gains in discharging the primary responsibility of government to our people in the area of protection of life and property.
“This administration does not have the intention to reverse itself on this important issue now or in the immediate future.
“The reason is simple. “Also, the decision to regulate the use of commercial motorcycles on our highways was not a unilateral decision, but a response to popular demands by members of the public who have been at the receiving end in their daily interactions with the okada operators”, he said. He added that the results of restricting motorcycles below 200cc on only 475 of the 9,100 roads in the state have been tremendous.
“Prior to the enactment of the law, we were recording an average of 16 motorcycle-related deaths across the state every month and an average of 646 injured patients from motorcycle-related accidents at the state secondary and tertiary hospitals.
“As of March this year, our statistics show only one to two motorcycle-related deaths and less than 100 motorcycle accident related injuries in a month,” Raji explained. He said “those sponsoring the information were plotting to snatch ballot boxes with the use of okadas during the 2015 general elections, which would not be allowed in the state.