The Lagos State Government affirms that there has been a massive drop in the rate of fatal accidents involving commercial motorcycles, popularly known as ‘Okada’, since the restriction of their movements in six Local Governments. This comprises of 475 routes including major roads, highways and bridges across the State.
A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, disclosed that data from the State Police Command confirmed that Okada-rider accidents reduced from 19 in January 2020 before the restriction order to one between February 1st and 20th.
“The February lone accident, which happened on 02/02/2020 at about 1200 hours, involved a Hovo Sino Trailer with registration number GWL-315-XA, driven by one Shaibu Abduliahi, allegedly knocked down a Bajaj Motorcycle with registration number SMK-386-QA along Sagamu Road, by Cele Bus-Stop, Ikorodu”, the Commissioner said.
Omotoso pointed out that the current situation is a radical departure from the casualty rate between January and December 2019 when there were 168 commercial motorcycles (okada) accidents involving 226 victims, leaving 201 persons dead.
Palliative measures by Lagos government to provide enduring and permanent solutions to public transportation problems in Lagos State are on the way, says the commissioner.
He, therefore, solicited for the cooperation, support and understanding of the citizenry in the quest to achieve a Greater Lagos.
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