The PUNCH reviews that the Lagos State Government has inaugurated an Anti-Okada Squad to affix the police in implementing the ban on bikes in six Local Government Areas, highways, main roads, and bridges.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, mentioned in a press release on Tuesday in Lagos that the ban was consistent with the Transport Sector Reform Law2, 2018.
Oladeinde mentioned the federal government was set to strengthen the ban on business bikes within the six LGAs and 9 Local Council Development Areas.
The commissioner mentioned on the inaugural ceremony, that the Special Anti-Okada Squad could be reporting to the police.
Oladeinde urged the citizenry to collaborate with the federal government.
“It is the duty of the general public to report any nefarious actions of the squad to the Ministry of Transportation.
“The public can report by way of the next assist/criticism traces: 09038208154, 09034810153, 09033090826, and 09169655855.
“Such reviews will assist the federal government generate suggestions on methods for the safety of lives and property.
“Individuals arrested ( riders and passengers) will be made to face the full wrath of the law in line with the provision of Section 46, sub-section 1, 2 & 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018,” Oladeinde mentioned.
The commissioner reiterated that bikes impounded could be crushed within the public glare.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Kamar Olowoshago, additionally urged the Anti-Okada personnel to be diligent and trustworthy within the discharge of their duties.
Also on the inauguration was the Commissioner for Housing, Fatai Akinderu, who later introduced the completion of coaching certificates to members of the squad.
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