The ban placed on commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada from plying 475 prohibited routes in Lagos state is a right step in the right direction, the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, has declared.
He said using motorcycle for commercial purposes is not befitting of the megacity status of Lagos and dignity of Nigerians.
Adeyemi spoke last Thursday with reporters ahead of the annual Excellence in Leadership Conference of the church slated for November 9-11.
According to him “we as a people should learn to place value on our lives. If we consider the many deaths okadas have caused and how they have aided armed robbers to escape from policemen, we should have no problem doing away with them”.
He admitted many families depend on the motorcycle for livelihood but said they constitute a bigger menace for the society at large.
The cleric however, called on the Lagos state government to mitigate the societal implications of the ban by providing more jobs and better security.
He urged Lagosians to consider the policy, which he described as really difficult, a necessary sacrifice for the attainment of a better, safer society.
October 28th, 2012
By Sunday Oguntola