Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has said the ban on commercial motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) is irreversible.
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He said this at the launching of 14 commercial ferries at the Badore Ferry Terminal, Ajah. He assured that the ferries would be increased to 30 before the year ends. He also inaugurated the Lagos Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) and a mobile app
“Let me tell you about the ban which we just enforced. We will sustain the ban on okadas and tricycles, mainly because of security and safety reasons. Security and safety of citizens are paramount to any government. As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow security breach in the state.
“We will continue to ensure the safety of our people on all fronts. There have been reports of serious security breaches and safety concerns in areas where these operators ply. We had to respond to these concerns because life and safety matter to this government,” he added.
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The new boats, according to a statement, can take up to 40 to 60 passengers at a go and will commute to Ikorodu, Ebute Ero, CMS, Badore and Ikoyi areas of the state.
He said for Lagos to be a functional smart city, there must be diversification, including the interconnectivity of the rail, road and water transportation systems.
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