La­gos to de­cide okada rid­ers’ fate soon

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The Gov­er­nor of La­gos State, Mr Baba­jide San­woolu, has said a ma­jor de­ci­sion would soon be an­nounced on the fate of mo­tor­cy­cle and tri­cy­cle rid­ers in the state.

he also noted that an agency would be cre­ated in 2020 to reg­u­late the ac­tiv­i­ties of street traders in the state.

Sanwo-olu spoke on Thurs­day dur­ing a chat on Jour­nal­ists’ hang­out, a pro­gramme on Tele­vi­sion Con­ti­nen­tal.

The gov­er­nor, while re­spond­ing to a ques­tion on the nui­sance of mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers, said a de­ci­sion had been taken at the state cabi­net meet­ing.

“We are hav­ing a se­cu­rity meet­ing to­mor­row (Tues­day) and after that meet­ing, we are go­ing to make a pro­nounce­ment. I don’t want to make that pro­nounce­ment here now be­cause it has se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tions.

“After the meet­ing, there will be an an­nounce­ment on the de­ci­sion that the La­gos State Gov­ern­ment has taken with its en­tire se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives on what and how we want to deal with the okada men­ace and the keke Marwa (tri­cy­cle). It’s a far-reach­ing de­ci­sion, but we need to clar­ify it with the se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture of the state,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Sanwo-olu, street traders also con­sti­tuted a nui­sance and would be taken off the road.

The gov­er­nor said an agency would be es­tab­lished for the job by the first quar­ter of 2020.

“We have seen in­stances that they robbed peo­ple in traf­fic; they brought out guns and knives. While we won’t al­low that to hap­pen, we re­alise there are oth­ers with real needs for source of liveli­hood. We are set­ting up the agency to reg­u­larise the ven­dors, take them off the streets and re­or­gan­ise them,” he added.

he noted that a school re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion com­mit­tee had been set up for the ren­o­va­tion of 300 schools in the state.

Sanwo-olu said the N1.168trn 2020 bud­get of the state meant that gov­ern­ment must gen­er­ate a rev­enue of N1trn, adding that he would en­sure that tax­pay­ers were not over­bur­dened.

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