Following the ban of okada from
major roads in Lagos, a Yoruba group, O’odua Nationalist Coalition,
ONAC, has called for a five-year long term plan to completely oust Okada
as a means of transportation in the South West region.
Mr Olalekan Agbana, who spoke on behalf of the group, at a press
conference in Lagos said that the disadvantages associated with the
usage of motorcycle as one of the means of transportation and economic
survival overpower its advantages.
Agbana added that okada operations have resulted to a serious mass
influx of people into the region, especially Lagos,which has caused
serious threat to the environment, the people and their property.
He said, ”We have been reliably informed that some fundamentalists
raise their funds from Okada riders. You will recollect that Boko Haram
recently said it has 2000 fighters in Lagos. Where are the fighters,
where do they live and which job do they do?
”With over 500,000 migrants armed with knives and daggers, what is
the future of the people of Lagos, if suddenly there is a major ethnic
strife in an increasingly fragile state like ours?”
The group appealed to all Okada riders in the region, to support government initiatives and look for another means of survival.
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