By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos—The governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured commercial motorcycle operators, popularly called Okada riders, across the state that his administration would not place any further restriction or ban them from their routes of operation.

It will be recalled that the incumbent Governor Babatunde Fashola had on August 2, 2010, signed the Lagos State Road Traffic Bill into a Law, part of which restricted the operation of Okada in about 475 roads, of over 10,000 roads, in the state.

Speaking yesterday at a sensitization and launch of the sticker, captioned: “Okada Allowed”, sponsored by the Support Group of Ambode 2015, at a campaign office, in Ikeja, Ambode said the news being circulated about restricting movement of Okada riders in the city beyond current ones was mere opposition party propaganda that should be discarded.

He said: “We’re aware of the insidious campaign by the PDP regarding the use of Okada. Of over 10,000 roads in Lagos, only about 475 roads had Okada restriction in place and this is strictly meant to ensure safety of the people of the state.

“All commercial motorcycle operators in the state will benefit in the urban renewal programme of my administration when elected into office.”

He also assured residents of good governance should he be voted into office, adding that in every corner of the state, APC had the interest of the populace at heart.

“We believe that we’re going to take on the world. By the time we get settled in the office, we’ll start development programmes that will make the whole world start talking about Lagos,” Ambode added.

Speaking on the aim of the project, Chairman, Central Committee of the group and former Minister of State, Defence, Mr Ademola Seriki, said one of the features of the traffic experience in Lagos in the last 15 years was the ownership and use of motorcycle for commercial transportation.

 

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