April 25, 2024

Traffic offence: Lagos task force impounds over 5,000 Okada in 2 months

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Some of the impounded okada.

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos State Government has said the state task force has impounded over 5,000 commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada in the last two months across the metropolis.

It also revealed that about 85,6680 traffic infractions were captured by the state’s automatic number plate recognition cameras.

Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Oluwaseun Osiyemi, disclosed this at the commencement of the Annual Ministerial Press Briefing, commemorating the first year of the second term in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the activities of the ministry, held at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

Osiyemi explained that the Okadas were impounded for flouting various traffic laws such as ban on the activities.
He added that the government had been embarking on advocacies on safety while collaborating with transport enforcement agencies in all Ogun State to bring sanity on the road.

Osiyemi, who frowned at the growing activities of fake personnel across the metropolis claiming to work for the Ministry of Transportation, MOT, released some hotlines, a 24 hour toll free to report such activities to relevant authorities.

The lines, which he said also aimed to enhance the operations of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, could be accessed for reporting traffic situations around the metropolis as well as against erring officers.

He said the state government had continued to prioritise its intermodal transportation system to make life comfortable for residents, putting in place bus reform initiative, collaborating with private sector to build ferries, rail lines as it adopts innovative technology in the sector.