Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has tossed his weight behind Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s decision to ban motorcycles/okada and tricycles/keke in Lagos state.
Fashola, who is a two-time Governor of the state, insisted that okada was not part of the arrangement for the state.
While talking at a public lecture organised by the United Action for Change (UAC) in Lagos on Thursday, he also urged Lagos residents to back Sanwo-Olu.
“If you care about security, you should back your governor on okada ban. As a centre of excellence, okada cannot be part of the plan.
“I’ve constantly held this position. Motorcycle/okada has always been a conduit pipe for the opioid crisis among youths. We must act to eliminate anonymity.
“I was robbed in my home, in fact on my bed in 1999. Organised crime is dynamic, criminals are aware that people don’t keep money at home again, now they diversified into kidnapping people for ransom.
“We should have information to identify people. You have SIM cards on your telephone. It’s called subscriber identity module which can be tracked everywhere in the world. The attorney-general of each state and legislators should act.
“Back then, we used to hav licence for bikes,” Fashola said.