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Should Okada Be Banned In Nigeria?

Should Okada be banned in Nigeria ?

http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/editorial_opinion/article04/020806

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I do want their operation verz well controlled but banning them?Oh No.

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Yes, Okada should be banned in Nigeria.

I know a greater percentage of Nigerians are advocates, and feel travelling within some remote areas would be hell, but look at things this way.

If there were no Okada's from the onset, people would still have travelled within rural areas, where the roads are really bad. As humans, we adapt, so we would have found a way. It's more to do with Nigerians generally being resistant to change, once an easy way exists, it's hard to imagine life without it.

The carelessness of Okada riders has been well documented, I would say the greater percentage of them have never attended any form or riding proficiency, or completed a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training). A driving license exists for a reason. They are daredevil, and ride like they're invincible. Well reality check - no one is immortal. My wife has had two Okada-based accidents, both where the rider rode dangerously. One went between two cars, there was no space, and he crashed. The second went round a corner way too fast, despite my wife telling him to slow down, and rolled the bike. My wife suffered exhaust burns on her leg on both occasions. It could have been worse, not everyone has been so lucky.

In my opinion, there are more reasons why Okada should be banned, and less why it should be allowed. Those that say it can't be banned in Nigeria are thinking the typical Nigerian way. Anything can be banned, and actively enforced. If offenders have their bikes seized, and crushed, believe me, the ban will work. Oshodi market had a longer history than Okada, and many believed it couldn't be closed down. What happened? It was bulldozed. Did the message eventually get across? Yes. Can the same work with an Okada ban? Yes.

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placing a restriction on okada operatoions from 7.pm was one of the most silly things the last administration ever tried out and here we "went" again!!!!! the BRT fiasco, well they are still on it really seems like these guys have never ever heard of something called a road map.they just wake up this morning and BANG, we want to build a statue of liberty or the recreate the hanging gardens of babylon, why? cos wewee just want to replicate what obtains in other parts of the world, well we will siddon look em again and see how well this one works out,

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If they ban okada how will people get around? The ridiculous price of petrol has driven bus and taxi fares through the roof and Okada is the most affordable option now. And that is apart from the fact that you can avoid traffic and get to certian inaccessible areas on okadas.

They have even started using them in the City of London, because traffic is so bad and all the bigshots can't get to their meetings on time . They call them executive bikes and they are way expensive.

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End of OKADA in FCT

http://www.dailytrust.com/editorial.htm

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Nigeria: Restriction on Motorcycle Operators

Vanguard (Lagos)

EDITORIAL

August 24, 2006

Posted to the web August 24, 2006

THE restriction on commercial motorcycle operators commonly known as okada riders is spreading among states of the federation- with some justifications. Earlier on, Delta, Enugu, Imo and Rivers States government have clamped down on okada riders because of what is considered their 'increasing nuisance value".

The latest restriction came from Lagos State government that banned okada riders from operating between 7 pm and 6 am everyday. "Security statistics emanating from the public have indicated a sharp rise in the incidence of robbery, crime level with the aid of motorcycles as a get-away vehicle" were cited as the reasons behind Lagos government's decision. Violators of the order will be liable to a punishment of N50,000 and seizure of their motorcycle

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OKADA SHOULD NOT BE BANNED PLZ O! when you are going to an appiontment and there is traffic, just simply enter okada and you will get there before you know it. when i went to lagos once and there was traffic i was forced to enter okada but i had no choice cuz i couldnt bear the traffic! so they shouldnt banned OKADA!

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so since they don't obey the law what do we do with them, just leave them alone or control them? remember this are people we all know, this are our family members, friends as well.

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personally I think the Lagos state government has lost it,

the okada man is a neccessary evil,

it would take at least 10 years of high grade urban planning and provision of massive employment opportunities to take the okada man out of our streets.

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Who's afraid of Okada?

By Reuben Abati

THE decision of the Lagos State Government to ban the movement of commercial motorcycles during a specified period of 7pm-6am would on the surface of it, seem a genuine expression of concern about the emergence of the okada, as the motorcycles are better known, as a major tool and icon in reported cases of armed robbery in the state. But a close examination, compels a sociological investigation of the place, and circumstances of the okada in our lives, and whether indeed, the state government's directive is sustainable, and not one of those episodic, knee-jerk responses that are at variance with reality.

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Just wait and see, i'll give you 30 days. Let's test this ban thing and see if it'll work. Have you been to Ijegun or Ejigbo, these are places where okadas cannot be banned, there's virtually NO ROAD there. How do people get home? canoes or donkeys?

The people banning okadas have prolly never left V.I. or Ikeja, and that's where robbers use bikes. If all the roads were okay, I tell you there would be no Okadas. Like Generators, Okada has become a perfect substitute to buses all because of our roads like NEPA.

Policemen are very happy for the new means of income given to them, the tax has increased from 20 naira to 100 naira, this, to me, has been the only "positive" change so far, without which, no man shall see the lord.

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personally i dont think okada should be banned,if the Govt is ready to ban okada then THe govt should be ready to tar most of our roads to make them more motorable,and also to find lasting solution to traffic congestion most especially in lagos.because thoose are the two reasons why pple mostly lagosians patronise okadas .

But then,I can only suggest that their time of operation be restricted ,I hope we are all aware that the lagos state govt has passed a law that OKada has been ban to operate btw 7pm and 6am.which i think is good,but the problem is enforcing it so that okada men can abide by the law.

it is well with Nigeria!

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so are you saying Okada is the only means of employment in Nigeria?

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what will those boys do if Okada is banned? they'll pick up guns and you know what's next-armed robbery. they too have to survive

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Aaahh! Nooo! Abeg O! Okadas should not be banned. they can at least be regulated, controlled, have their excesses checked. they may be evil and responsible for the deaths of many (including people i know) BUT they are a necessary evil

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All your story proves is that we have people in government who need more knowledge. Source, please?

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I dont think it can be banned.Okada takes you from point A to B,it is no different 4rm powerbikes in accidents just that they are a lot and anyone can get their hand on one.

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Well my sister this is the 1st step to curtailling their nefarious activity and irregularities, and for seun and the other guy who is drinking ogogoro now? I am not gonna get into word exchange, but that just shows how shallow minded you guys are and how closed minded people can be, anybody in their right minded will know safety superseed any level and means of transportation. when the sosoliso tragedy occurred, people start pointing fingers at regulations and checks that should have be put in place, why must it take a tragedy for people to act in Nigeria?

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but why d ban now?is it permanent?

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seun here you go, how strange or coincidence, i posted this thread a week ago and bam some states are taking actions already. the key here is safety and security, not transportation

The Lagos State government yesterday imposed an immediate ban on commercial motorcyclists a.k.a Okada from operating in the state between the hours of 7pm and 6am.

Briefing newsmen in Ikeja, at the end of the State Weekly Executive Council Meeting, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dele Alake said the worsening security situation in the state informed the government decision.

He noted the state executive had to take the step to clamp down on okada riders whose operations have endangered lives and properties in the state.

“In recent time, the security report emanating from members of the public about Okada riders in the state has been alarming”, he said.

Alake said incidents of robbers using motorcycles to rob people of their belongings have given cause for concern in recent time.

He warned that any okada found operating during the period of ban would either have its okada impounded or made to pay a fine of N50,000, and the passenger would also be sanctioned.

By this directive, all security agencies including the police, the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), and Neighbourhood Watch are to enforce the law by apprehending the violators.

Alake said government would not compromise the security of Lagosians, adding that update on the Okada menace will be made public as events unfold.

He called on members of the public to support government in its effort at ridding the state of crime, adding that the security situation and the ban will be reviewed from time to time.

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1) Before Okadas were introduced in Nigeria, werent we surviving??

2) I am a doctor, and i know the number of cases i see daily in the hospital from Okada accidents, grotesque and appaling injuries, many fatal. Most of you here talking havent been in any okada accident, if not ur story for change.

3) If you drive in 9ja, you would know what a menace it is with okada people on the road.

4) Banning Okadas would NOT solve the problem; that doesnt mean that nothing should be done.

5) Regulation of the number of Okada riders must be carried out. Also, ALL okada riders MUST be trained to be good road users.

6) In port harcourt, they banned Okada riders at night (from 7pm) cos they were utilizde by theives and they were just road hazards. Of course, that somehow slowed the economy down, but i think its a necessary sacrifice.

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ban okada? my okada? haba! no nau. ah-ah. kilode?

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they should only be banned only if lagos roads are well tarred, then they should make sure they put barriers and bumps

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WOrd man, word, you said it all.

If the roads were smooth and wide, no heavy traffic, no muddy pot holes and stuffs like that, no one would patronise Okadas, in fact, i'd drive my car to work, but as it is now, i'd rather take a bike all the time than board a bus let alone drive the car, its tiring.

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OKADA'S IN LAGOS are a problem at the moment and if they do not find some way to regulate and control them they are going to create even more confusion!

The main problem is that no Okada driver has any kind of understanding that there should be rules on the road, they will overtake on the inside / outside / go down roads the wrong way / fail to indicate / carry loads that wouldn't go on a pick up truck etc etc etc. And if you manage to bump one of them even though it is their fault then you are in big troubl

I know too many people who have had accidents, some wrecking their knees and the worst was someone who is now crippled in one arm becuase of a mad okada driver he was sitting behind.

There is no way to ban them, I doubt anyone can find a way to regulate or train them so what (especially Lagos) has to be done is to offer people a more efficient transport system which will naturally stop people using Okada so much. This way you could also have a limit on the number of registered / licenced Okada drvers in each district. Will it ever happen?!?

I appreciate that lots of people depend on Okada, but they are symptomatic of the state of the country, untrained, unruly, uncaring and in a desperate rush to make their money by any means!

Does anyone know what happened to the BTR buses / lanes? By the time a bus arrives I imagine the lines on the road will have faded away!

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i think it shuld be banned nevertheless this is not the time. it too early now . when a good and affordable transportation and infrastructure are in place until then they shuld honestly ban it. so enjoy for now

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No because there are some place in Nigeria like Balogun market where people can't just drive thru,They gotta use an Okada.So I don't see the point in that.

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Talking about immoral, was it OK for the government to give people at the Vi estate ultimatum before sending them packing last year? no this issue of OKADA operators has to be dealt with now or it will be too late. people like you have to start thinking outside the box, just because you have Okada as a job security is not the end of the world, if and when in-did okada is ban people will  secure other means of employment, how were people surviving before OKADA and cell phones? all i am saying is most of the operators i saw when I was in Nigeria are notorious. Read the tread again, it state Should Okada be Banned? not lets ban Okada.

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When government increasingly provides good road, the number of commercial vehicles in our cities and towns will increase.

This will automatically phase out the era of okadas (at least from the city centres where they constitute more hazard than good).

For now, they are neccessary evils.

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Okada shouldn't be banned at all. You know why?, they make ones journey faster and boarding cab or bus to ur proposed destinations. I think they could be educated on how they drive on the high ways and on the streets in order to avoid accidents.

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yes i agree with seun ,see u can't just wake up one morning & say u want to ban ppls job .these guys re very many out there trying to make both ends meet & u talk of getting rid of their job.let me tell u guys,if government try it they will not only suffer the implications but will be the one to beg them to come back because it will bring forth more & more robbers,419ners,name it

so my ppl lets leave okada riders they too want to survive just as the bigger boys re, nigeria is a home for all of us.

i like them so much. my only complain is dat they should ride with caution so as to save lives.

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Before I left Nigeria in the 80s, there were no okadas and transportation was not bad at all. So we can do without okada. But to ban them means crime rate would increase. I saw so many pretty girls walking funny cos they fell off okada. My best memory of Okada, my first time back in Nigeria since okada era, was seeing a man carrying his "ileya" goat and him on okada. Too bad i did not take the pic.

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You are right that will render many people jobless

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Fines or no fines OKADA CANNOT BE BANNED IN NIGERIA

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if more people report them , the more fines the union will collect.

one day the fear of being reported will make them behave

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see them with their number.

If any of them dose rubbish and you report them to their union , they will take it up.

Am sure the rubbish doers will have to pay a fine or some thing.

After all nigeria is the land of paing fines for every rubbish

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If those goat heads ban Okadas, then I'll resign and go to the farm, Okadas know me by name - dat is, every blessed day, I'm on it, so swift, I just smile at those guyz stuck in traffic, especially people without A/C inhaling the thick smoke from Molue Exhaust and some bitter-sweet aroma of refuse dumps. Except of course that my trouser gets dirty in muddy areas and on rainy days, i'd say Cars should be banned instead (Lagos Especially)!

If you have an appointment, kindly book an okada cos the traffic's gonna mess you up big time. If Nigeria loses 20bn naira to hold ups yearly, then we'll lose 40bn if we ban okadas cos they take you there right on time. It is commonplace to see CEOs of big companies telling their drivers "Meet me at Ajose" and they leave the guy in the luxurious official ride only to jump on a "bike" with their suit and all that - just imagine.

DON't ban MY People and please don't say it to Charlie Boy's face.

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Rather than that they should be given a nr or so , so that you can report them to their own people.

Once , when my sister went to marketone trader held her hand and called her sissy . This i omethink that always happens in the market but on this day she was in bad mood.

Well end of the story even the oga of the trade union came and apologised to her.

Many people do not know but these people also have union laws they have to abide to

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A safety measure will to ban them from highways, restricting them to local street roads.

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Makes a whole lot of sense considering one almost ran me over when i was in Nigeria a few years ago, you cant even take a walk down the road without almost getting killed. The driver even had the nerve to say he would slap me for blocking the road, thank God for having guys in my family cos they slapped the you know what out of him.

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i agree zeb, proper training and regulation is the key, they shd also try marking the roads with a bicycle/okada lane

banning never worked before, things wd grind to a halt if we just took half-baked actions like that.

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I think okada riders should apply for a license, after they have undergone mandatory safety training. This way it would be safer for everybody, they should also be required to wear helmets.

I don't see any reason why they should be banned.

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That you have some people thinking like you is evidence that sometimes people think wrongly. Nothing more.

You don't just wake up one day after drinking too much ogogoro and say you want to ban somebody's occupation. It's immoral and illogical and retroggressive. If you have a problem with a particular okada man, settle it in court. How can you say you want to ban a service that is helping many people to move around? Be careful o.

Perhaps we should ban universities because some students are cult members and prostitutes? We should ban internet business because some people use it for fraud? Ban money because some people steal it? Nonsense!

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how intresting, that is why I like this chat room, you get to see and reason with people from different angle. so I am not the only one that think they shouild be ban> Nigeria was fine before OKADA SAGA

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Okada have cause too many accident on our roads. Before you climb an Okada -

You will need three angels to guide you . one angel at your back and the other at your front. the third will go before the Okada to clear road,

If the Government is not ready to control Okada., then they should be ban

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we dont need this okada nuisance! there should be gotten rid of

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interesting jakumo. Every time I come to Nigeria i look in disbeliefs how they are operate

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Motorcycle taxis are common in the far east as well as in Africa, but this does not mean that they are safe. Many hospitals in Nigeria have special wards devoted to handling the daily toll of horrendous injuries and deformities resulting from motorcycle taxi mishaps.

In Nigeria it is not unusual to see a family of six, including a couple of infants straddling the fuel tank and another strapped to a woman's back, along with heavy luggage balanced on someone's head, all perched precariously on a rickety motorcycle weaving and wobbling through traffic. Since accident statistics are not kept, the actual death toll from such poverty-induced recklessness is anyone's guess. Banning motorcycle taxis is not an option for a third world country, but the current situation in Nigeria cries out for some sort of regulation on the number of passengers allowable aboard one motorcycle.

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