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The Lagos State Government has debunked news regarding the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in some areas of the state.

This was made known on Tuesday, January 21, in a release on the state government’s official social media channels.

According to the release, no definite action has been taken on the operations of commercial motorcycles (Okada) and tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP on some routes across the state.

The state government stated that the list circulating on social media and news outlets was false and unofficial, adding that a definite position on the issue would soon be made public through the official media channels of the government.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso last week told Government House correspondents that the delay was informed by the need for the Sanwo-Olu administration to achieve a generally-accepted solution to what has been termed the Okada menace.

“We have just concluded our routine security meeting, during which the issue of Okada and tricycles was discussed exhaustively.

“For now, no major decision has been taken on the matter. There are several factors for this development, but the main reason was to reckon with various opinions expressed by stakeholders.

“So many people have made representations to the government concerning commercial motorcycles and tricycles, including human rights groups, unionists and traders.

“They came up with many reasonable observations; all their views have been collated and are being considered.

“We feel it will not be good enough for the government to take a final decision on the matter without considering the opinions of the stakeholders. That would be against the spirit of democracy for which the Sanwo-Olu administration stands,” he said.

Omotoso stated that irrespective of the decision taken by the government, the security of the lives of residents will remained paramount to the administration.

The commissioner, however, stressed that the government planned to step up enforcement of the Lagos State Traffic Law as well as intensify its sensitisation of commercial motorcycles and tricycle riders on the need to obey the law.

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