Sanwo-Olu says accidents reduced by 81% after Okada ban
NEWS DIGEST – Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State said on Sunday that motorcycle-related accidents have dropped significantly across Lagos state since his office placed a ban on the use of motorcycles in some districts in the state.
Mr Sanwo-Olu said his office has become justified by the data collected on crime and accidents since the ban was implemented.
“In fact, people have written to me to commend [the ban],” Mr Sanwo Olu told Channels Television on Sunday.
Mr Sanwo-Olu faced stern objections from residents at the time of announcing the ban in May, much of which stemmed from the traffic situation in Lagos state and how motorcycles aided easy movement.
At the time of announcing the ban, Mr Sanwo-Olu said it had become important to improve on earlier restrictions from February 2020 because the security concerns from the use of Okada remained unabated.
On Sunday, Mr Sanwo-Olu said he had seen enough promise in his decision.
“Not only have we seen a drop in issues around security—traffic robberies—we have also seen a significant drop in accidents because these were reckless driving that often terminates people’s lives unexpectedly,” he said.
“In terms of death, at the peak of it, we were seeing about 550 okada-related accidents per month in January and February. Now, it’s coming down to less than 100.”
To check compliance, Mr Sanwo-Olu revealed that operatives within the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, are instructed to mount pinned-down positions and embark on pedestrian monitoring.
The early encouragement for Mr Sanwo-Olu’s office suggests that there could be more okada bans in the future.
“This is a phased banning we are embarking on. So others should know whether to get out or look for something else to do,” He said while announcing the ban in May.