Commuters living in Ojodu Grammer school area of Lagos state have been left stranded at the bus park as the ban of Okada and Tricycle takes effect today.
Recall that the Lagos state government had on January 27 proscribed the operations of commercial motorcycles (Okada) and tricycles (Keke NAPEP) in six Local Government Areas (LGAs), nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and 10 major highways across the state which takes effect from today, February 1.
Following the commencement of the proscription, BONews observed that commuters were left stranded at Bus Park as a result of the unavailability of buses to convey the commuters to their destination, as many of the commuters resolved to using E-taxi to get to their destinations.
Expressing his frustration while waiting endlessly for a bus plying Ikeja route to come, a commuter, Identified as Engineer Ade frowned at the new policy.
“This is not nice when they know they wanted to ban keke Napep they should have at least put more buses on the road to fill the space of the napeps and Okada, I have been at this busstop for two hours and I’ve not gotten a bus going my route; and this is happening on a weekend, just imagine what will happen on a weekday,” he said.
Another commuter who resolved to ordering for bolt taxi after waiting endlessly at the bus stop for a bus heading to computer village Ikeja dreaded how the road was going to be during official working hours.
“Just Imagine if the road is like this now, how will it be when the week starts on Monday. To my own opinion they should review this their policy and allow tricycle to move at least tricycle has been the saving grace of most Lagosians; Just imagine me that I am going from Grammer School to Ogba will have to wait for an uncomfortable bus to get filled up; a place that is not as far as 10 minutes drive if the road is free. I feel they should review this their new law and allow keke maruwa to move even if they banning okada,” he said
Also displeased about the ban a another commuter identified as miss Agatha said ” No jobs but the ones that people are managing the government wants to take it away without creating alternatives, they say they want to tackle insecurity yet they will be creating more criminals”
BONews reporter, Emeka Joseph who moved from Ojodu axis down to Ogba, to Ikeja and Yaba observed 100 percent compliance to the restriction on the side of the riders, as no bike rider or Keke Napep rider was seen plying the root which they were banned from.
The reporter also observed the movement of Police Patrol vans round the restricted routs. However the reasons for their movement remains unknown but many believe that it is to ensure 100 percent compliance to the new law.