TIJANI Salako, an estate surveyor and skill representative on Palm Avenue, Mushin, Lagos, is one of a many people who see a pierce to anathema a operations of blurb motorcyclists, popularly famous as okada, in a state as wrong and counter-productive.
‘Banning okada business in Lagos is a critical issue,’ he told The Moment On Sunday. ‘I’m wakeful of Governor Babatunde Fashola’s skeleton to put a railways behind on lane and open adult H2O travel as good constructing and repair roads as palliatives before a ban.
My fear, however, is that a new routes will not catch a hundreds of thousands of okada riders in a state.
‘In a commencement it was a Igbo people who had stayed prolonged in Lagos, mostly those who had mislaid their businesses to a state legislature on Yaba and Agege railway lines, that started roving okada. Later, Yoruba, Efik and other southern states’ citizens, as many as were impoverished and those who mislaid their jobs assimilated a business.
‘But for a prolonged time now, a new set of riders flush from a core North, who conjunction pronounce nor know English; there are Chadians, Togolese and even Sudanese among them; they don’t even know a routes so passengers have to approach them.
They are now everywhere in Lagos, on a Island, and on a mainland and a suburbs. Those boys are a problem we foresee; if a anathema takes outcome and they unexpected turn jobless they will turn dangerous.
They can't lapse behind to a North since there was zero there for them to do in a initial place and Lagos State Government can't leave them from a state. They will steal; they will kill and censor to survive. Can Fashola’s supervision diminish them? That is a thing to cruise before we cruise a sum ban.’
Sylvester Agwu, from Imo State, says