Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, appeared on Sunrise Daily on Monday, February 3, 2020.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday, mentioned the federal authorities doesn’t have the jurisdiction to intervene within the current ban of ‘okada’ and tricycles in some elements of Lagos State.
The Lagos state authorities began to implement a ban on bikes, popularly generally known as okadas and tricycles in main elements of the state on Saturday.
But the Minister, who was a visitor on Sunrise Daily, mentioned the matter was a state affair.
READ ALSO: Police Enforce Ban, Arrest ‘Okada’, Tricycle Riders In Lagos
“Implementation of transport policy is essentially a state affair,” he mentioned. “So you can’t be telling a state whether they want ‘okada’ or tricycles or not. That’s not our responsibility. It is for the state government to decide what to do.”
However, Amaechi, who’s a former Governor of Rivers State, mentioned he might see some motive why the state authorities made the choice.
“Speaking as a former Governor, when I was in Rivers State, they were using motorcycles to rob and kidnap people; and the police could never get them because they were using cars; so I banned motorcycles and we had peace. The number of accidents was also high – the orthopaedic hospital was full every day.
READ ALSO: Why We Won’t Increase Abuja-Kaduna Rail Fares – Amaechi
“I don’t know the reason why the Governor of Lagos state banned it; only he can tell you. I am sure he made his decision based on the interests of a majority of Lagosians.
“But he has a problem to face, which is unemployment and increase in crime.”