No car, no waka: Lagos state government bans ‘keke napeps’ from major roads

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Lagos may fast become an elitist society, as the state government yet again outlawed another means of public transportation in the form of commercial tricycles, popularly known as “keke napep” and “keke marwa”.

Commissioner for transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa disclosed this at the 2013 Ministerial Press Briefing held in Alausa to mark the sixth anniversary of Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration.

Opeifa said that the state government had held several meetings with the unions on the development, adding “they have agreed to stay away from these roads.”

Some of the roads tri-cycles operation was outlawed were: the entire Victoria Island, Government Residential Area, GRA Ikeja and Ikoyi. Also on Awolowo road and Awolowo way, Alausa and entire major roads in Surulere Local Government.

Opeifa warned that tri-cycling isn’t a replacement for motorcycle popularly called Okada in the state, adding “it isn’t a sustainable means of transport for the state especially Lagos that is a megacity.”

According to him, “I learnt that some Okada riders have began to sell their motorcycle to by tricycle but they can no longer operate on these major roads again.”

The commissioner explained that section 3 of the 2012 Lagos road traffic law also outlawed the operation of the tri-cycle in the state.

What do you think? Is Lagos state becoming a city for the rich only?

Wana

Wana

Quo non Ascendam. Writer. E-mail: wana@360nobs.com

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