Activist and National President, Campaign for Dignity in Governance (CDG), Comrade Razaq Olokoba has described the latest ban on Okada (Commercial Cyclists by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State from operating on some other routes in Lagos State as a commendable step taken by a responsible and responsive administrator.
In a statement in Lagos Monday, the renowned activist reasoned that, the governor has done what is expected of him as defender of the city who should not stand akimbo while his subjects are being subjected to all kind of life-threatening activities of a few actors in the name of making money, pointing out however that, “the step is rather to be seen as a pre-emptive measure and not a punitive one.
The Ilorin, Kwara State-born pro-democracy advocate and leader of several Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), was of the conviction that, the policy, like the ones before it would serve multiple purposed of preventing accidents that kill and maim, prevent highway robbery, curb kidnapping and assist in reducing the menace of bandits in the community.
According to him, facts and figure through statistics had shown that accidents wards in hospitals especially the Gbobi orthopedic, Yaba, Lagos has been witnessing low patronage of accidents victims, expressing the delights that, that was as a result of previous bans on the operations of the commercial cyclists in the recent part in the state.
The renowned reasoned that, to state the fact, operations of such a means of transportation is not fit in a city that is fast becoming a Mega City, submitting that, such a primitive and archaic means of moving human beings around is no befitting a state inhabited by highly sophisticated and well-enlightened citizens.
Against this backdrop, the youth leader, therefore appeals for understanding pointing out that, the ban that comes in phases is a testimony that Governor Sanwo-Olu does not intend it to be punitive but beneficial to all sundry.
“Reason our members support the banning in installment is the awareness the in some parts of the state, it is a needed recipe for sanity and orderliness in the state,” Olokoba declared, adding, “we hereby urge the good people of the state to bear with the governor, cooperate with his administration and give him the maximum support as usual for the sake of more dividends of democracy to the doorstep of all the residents as usual.