Lagos State’s Ban on Okada and Tricycles explained

Okada ban in lagos

The Lagos state government announced a ban of Okadas and Tricycles, also known as Keke Napep, on Monday 27th of January, preventing them from plying six Local Government Areas (LGAs), nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and 10 major highways across the State effective from the 1st of February 2020.

In justifying the move, the Commissioner of Information and strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, who made the announcement at the state house in Alause, cited the “scary figures” of fatal accidents recorded from operations of Okadas and tricycles in the state between 2016 and 2019.

A figure he put at 10,000. He also mentioned the lack of regard for Lagos Traffic Laws by the transporters.

It is not the first time the activities of okadas and tricycles have been restricted in the state.

Under previous administrations, Babatunde Fashola (2007 — 2015) and his successor, Akinwunmi Ambode (2015 — 2019) similar bans were placed with varying success.

This time, however, the presence of transport startups — Opay, Gokada and MaxNG— and a number of logistics company, who make use of okadas, has led some to criticize what appears to be a blanket ban.

Social media users have also lamented the ban considering the lack of alternative transport facilities in a state known for its heavy traffic.

The state government has come out to say buses will be rolled out to adequately cover the affected area, but that their most important duty is ensuring transport within the state is safe.

The restricted areas are:

Six Local Government Areas

  • Surulere LGA
  • Lagos Mainland LGA
  • Apapa LGA
  • Ikeja LGA
  • Eti-Osa LGA
  • Lagos Island LGA

Nine Local Council Development Areas

  • Onigbongbo LCDA
  • Ojodu LCDA
  • Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA
  • Iru-Victoria Island LCDA
  • Lagos Island East LCDA
  • Apapa Iganmu LCDA
  • Yaba LCDA
  • Itire-Ikate LCDA
  • Coker-Aguda LCDA

Ten Major Highways

  • Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
  • Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
  • Oworonshoki-Oshodi Expressway
  • Lagos- Ikorodu Expressway
  • Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway
  • Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway
  • Lagos-Badagry Expressway
  • Funsho Williams Expressway
  • Agege Motor Road
  • Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road

Forty Major Bridges

  • Iyana- Ipaja Bridge Agege
  • Dopemu Bridge Agege
  • Airport/Ikeja Bridge
  • Agege Motor road/oshodi Loop, Oshodi
  • Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge
  • Dorman Long Bridge
  • Ojuelegba Bridge
  • National Stadium Flyover
  • Apapa-Iganmu Bridge
  • Apapa-Ijora Link Bridge
  • Liverpool Bridge, Apapa
  • Mile 2 Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-Odofin
  • Okota (cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge
  • Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network
  • Ikorodu Road/Anthony Clover leaf Bridge
  • Trade Fair Flyover Bridge
  • Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge
  • 2 Flyover Bridges along Alhaji Masha Road
  • Ojota Clover leaf Bridge
  • Ogudu Bridge
  • 3rd Mainland Bridge
  • Maryland flyover
  • Ikeja General Hospital Flyover Bridge
  • Kodesoh Bridge, Oba Akran, Ikeja
  • Opebi Link Bridge
  • Sheraton-Opebi Bridge
  • Jibowu/Yaba flyover Bridge
  • Carter Bridge, Lagos
  • Bariga-Ifako Bridge
  • Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge
  • Bariga/Oworonsoki Bridge
  • Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Gbagada U-Turn
  • Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
  • 3rd Mainland/Oworonsoki Bridge
  • Eko Bridge
  • Apongbon flyover Bridge
  • Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess)
  • Mcwen Bridge (Bonny Camp)
  • Marina/Ikoyi Bridge
  • Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge