By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS – THE Lagos State Government will soon embark on aggressive enforcement against commercial motorcyclists popularly called Okada riders who does not have riderâ€™s license, equivalent to driverâ€™s license among other traffic violations.
Announcing the move to check the excesses of the operators through the enforcement of ridersâ€™ card, Special Adviser to the state Governor on Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, weekend, added that the state government would organise a stakeholders forum to work out modalities to ensure easy compliance.
According to him, the measure became necessary following increasing recklessness of the operators in which innocent citizens have been either injured, maimed or worst still killed in the process of commuting.
He disclosed that over two million unregistered Okada riders operate in Lagos while about 400,000 are registered.
Many of the operators, he said, could not be identified or trace to any of the three registered associations if the need arises, adding: â€œThese Okada riders just operate on their own without any regards to traffic rules and regulations.â€
Opeifa, therefore, advised Okada operators to come to the ministry or any of the designated units in the metropolis to obtain valid riderâ€™s licence as any rider caught without the licence would be dealt with accordingly.