Some leaders of the Hausa community in Lagos State on Wednesday appealed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to reverse the ban on commercial motorcycle (Okada) operations in six Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, Newsbreak reports.
The leaders said Okada riders of northern extraction contribute significantly to the voting population of Lagos and should not be economically strangulated.
Recall Sanwo-Olu had on Wednesday banned the operations of commercial motorcycle riders in six Local Governments and nine Local Government Development Areas in the state.
The affected councils are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland and Apapa.
But the Seriki of Obalende, Saliu Waziri, explained that the government should rethink its decision.
“Some of our members stay here in Lagos and vote during elections. That should count for something because we contribute to votes during elections. The government should change the system of Okada riders not stopping them,” Waziri said, according to Punch.
Some other Hausa community leaders who spoke to the press echoed Waziri’s stance.