Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fashola Tells Okada Riders... Go To Emergency Wards And See What You Have Caused

Governor Fashola who spoke on the topic “Freedom from Fear” in relation to Law and Order in Lagos State said they should visit the hospitals and emergency wards and see those who have lost limbs, arms, those who have lost children or those who have become orphans by the recklessness of the okada riders.

According to the Governor, in less than two decades, the okadas have gained so much prominence that it has become a phenomenon which should not have been allowed in the first place, stressing that the elites also contributed as many encouraged their staff and employees to start taking okadas to run errands quickly.

“The only way to stop the business from flourishing is by not patronizing them. It is a business that if the income from it dwindles, the business proposition of those in it will change”, he said.

Conducting an overview of various facets of life in the State, Governor Fashola explained that he had taken it upon himself to lead by example by shunning the use of siren to escape from the traffic, adding that as a Governor he has always taken it upon himself to fight against any attempt by very Important Personalities to close roads and the people must be ready to fight against behaviours and conducts that are hazardous to healthy and secure existence.

42 comments:

  1. Even though an Okada driven Economy is not good. I think fashola and "patience" hate each other. He likes everything to be quick and he takes very drastic decisions. If he really cares about the ordinary Nigerian, he would have known that majority of this okada riders were into businesses that has to do wiv electricity. Many of them are welders, barbers etc. I know beyond doubt that if there was steady power supply, okada will reduce on its own. Fashola wants to make lagos a mega city but if he was smart he would no what makes a mega city is the quality of life of the individuals living in that city. A mega city is not forced. If people are doing well, there won't be shanties, dirts, agberos everywhere. Make d quality of life of the individuals better and u will see a mega city. What is megacity when people are hungry? U want to make a megacity but u neglect areas like ajegunle, alimosho, ikorodu etc. Meanwhile majority of the people voting are from there. Anyway we shall see where dis will lead to.

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    1. Not true. There are lots of Okada riders around because its an easier, faster way to make money. Are some people not still engaging in welding and barbing? Why are they all coming to Lagos where they can charge higher than taxis?

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    2. Must they all die in lagos.can't they migrate back to there villages.rubbish.lagos is bursting @ its seams and u r encouraging more tramps to congest d state.36 states in d federation,let d other governors create a source of Income for for there indigenes.

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  2. Mmmmm! That's my governor. Love u loads. Have bn involved in 3 okada accidents and am damn luck dat I dint get killed in 1. But can u bring proper trains? I mean decent ones.

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    1. 3 okada accidents?!!
      U had an accident the 1st time, the 2nd time.
      And then u still got on it 4 the 3rd accident? Waw!!!!!
      Omo okada is going no where.
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  3. Anon 09:14 Pls how do Okada n Electricity relate? Ode! Be yarning BS pple like u dontbwant change! Insee okada accidents everyday on my street alone! Friends hv had okads accidents! Serzly hv u been to Pedeatric hootal in igbobi? Or any hospital emergency ward? Do u even see how these okada riders ride? They r so bloody reckless n impatient! Tell GEJ to provide electricity not BRF! If Lagos Mega City wants to generate its own Power then thats a diff topic entirely! Has nothing to do wit Okada!

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    1. Whoever this is! Electricity is a major problem in Nigeria. Virtually every business whether small scale or big scale needs electricity. If there is electricity a lot of this okada people will have something to fall back on. In essence a thriving economy automaticallly removes okada and keke maruwa! I think its u that is short of understanding because u would have known that electricity is a basic ammenity. So u should stop talking bull and take several sits. Olodo.

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  4. If he wants to ban okadas because of accidents then why hasn't he banned heavy-duty vehicles already? All these trailers and trucks kill more people than bikes can ever kill. Or at least make a law that stipulates they (trailers) only run during the early hours of the morning? Besides has he seen the state of the roads? I stay in surulere and the roads are so freaking bad that these days I leave my car at home and walk if its not too far. What alternative has he provided for okada users? What job opportunities has he created for the riders? FASHOLA crime rate is going to increase o! If ur so worried about the safety of the people then fix the fuckin roads for God's sake and keep them maintained, create speed limits for car and bike users and make sure they're enforced, just like the mega cities u so desperately want us to be like. I used to think I'll vote Fashola for President but I've changed my mind o! Dude is a fuckin dictator. He'd probably say one family cannot have more than 2 children or something outrageous like that. Fashola okada is the least of ur problems in this town. Lagos is NOT Abuja! Fix the freaking city first!
    Valerie.

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    1. Dou ur makin sense bt pls try to visit emergency units around u n d highest no of accident comes from this same okada riders not d heavy trucks u jus talked abt. An okada man sees a car stops infront n instd of findin out wat goin on,instd dats wen he wud even increase d speed jus to over take d car.asleast he didn't ban dem from working,he oly told dem to stay off the high way wc is best for every1.

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    2. @ Valerie
      Wat exactly are you insinuating? I live in surulere and there are 4 major road construction goin on there...I don't get y pple unecessarily critcize. Is it even sensible to be on a bike on the highway?? Wats a bike doing on 3rd mainland bridge or sagamu express way?? All the pple making silly excuses as to being able to reach their destinations on time due to bikes and all is BS.. Only lazy and unserious pple give such lame excuses..always plan your journey pple av becum lazy with ds bikes sef.. Wait sef wen dere was no bike dint we survive in Lagos?? N fashola dint ban bikes totally only said they shld keep off d highway.... Its pple like you that will be on the bike and d driver will be reckless instead of u cautioning the okada riders u will be insulting the car drivers...ure talkin abt banning trailers, accidents on the highway caused by trailers or other automobiles is a different situation entirely and am sure that will be looked into very sure.. Most of these c ars even airbags okada u r on..pls reply but say sumthn sensible..

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    3. One more thing Valerie you don't have to vote for fashola..you don't even need to vote at all..we need serious intellectual pple who can make strategic decisions in our country...pple like you will end up voting another Jonathan...smh

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  5. I support Fashola one hundred percent! This man is a very proactive governor! Like he said,when d income frm okada dwindles,their business proposition changes. Is it any wonder that most dastardly robberies are carried out by Okada riding Gangsters?
    I hope d governor has provided alternate means of transportation that d poor and teaming unemployed can use as an alternative to alleviate d suffering that has engulfed many law abiding Nigerians!
    It is this chronic suffering that make it easy to get criminal converts and d constant evil that is perpetrated on Nigerians on a daily business. It is also this suffering that is leading to a boom in churches were ppl capitalise on the suffering and gullibility of ppl and exploit them completely!If govts can empower ppl and help in making their lives easier,so many laws would easily be obeyed!

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  6. I get the idea that Fashola wants to achieve but thing is, there is nothing else in place for these people to do, he has not offered an alternative, what will happen if all okadas stopped? where would they go and how will the poor move? would crime and unemployment not go up even more? Secondly, if there were proper infrastructures in place like electricity, emergency services, hospitals it would drive down all the negatives assicaited with okadas.Lastly, if there was proper training and education into road safety, driving before licenses are issued and issued correctly without bribe, this would all drop the number down and only the neccesary amount would remain. its a form of transportation needed and used, it genereates money, keeps some people busy and also aides those who cannot afford other forms of transportation.

    Lina

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  7. Seconded, Governor Fashola. Okada riding is not a job. Youths and old men alike troop into Lagos daily to start okada business. They should go back and engage in Agriculture. I use okadas when I'm pressed for time but I don't mind its ban.

    Were people not carrying on with their daily activities a few years ago before this Okada menace started? We have simply become too lazy to trek

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    1. I luv ur statement,that trash called okada encourages them to migrate to lag.in d 80's there was no okada n we moved around.so they shld not use movement or traffic as an excuse.we wld manage

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  8. Why can't they be subway in Nigeria,trains are the fastest and cheapest way of transportation in abroad,why can't we have same quality.i tire for Nigeria my country

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  10. Okada was banned in port-harcourt and at that time it seems they'll never survive it but life is much better than now.it's not been easy on my part cuz I don't have a car yet but I know it will get better.well done my able governor!

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  11. Pls let's be reasonable..no one banned them from earning their daily living..they endanger their lives and that of every other citizens. They should keep off the highway that way rate of motorcycle accidents will reduce...Go to general hospitals you will see people with broken arms, legs all due to reckless driving of this okada drivers..am totally in support people can't continue loosing their lives all in d quest of earning a living. In the long run if you have no legs or arms it would be difficult to sustain a living. Okada riders should keep off the highway!!!!

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    1. Thank u for dis,cus I tink sum pple here read oly d back of their paper.

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  12. God bless uncle fash !

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  13. I might not like Fashola or ACN bt I'm with him on this. After two accidents on okada, one that almost left me paralyzed, I totally support the ban. Ppl can barely feed, in a bid to survive,they will now have okada accidents again. The annoying part is that the riders often suffer little or no injuries when there are accidents,it's the passengers.
    No to Okada.

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  14. agree with you guys but then again i really do support the ban on okadas,over my own personal preference for them..however knowing fashola I'm sure plans are at an advanced stage to introduce alternative mass transport like the trains and probably more buses to take care of the short fall in the medium and long term...
    if he does that they i believe the inconvenience will only be for a while until people get use to not having okadas and relying on the trains and buses.
    i also think they should get all registered okada drivers to train as train and bus drivers and conductors so that the govt can absorb them

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  15. Banning okadas won't solve anything my dear governor. U'll only end up causing more hardship. Okadas are a necessary evil in lagos. The best u can do is to regulate them to know who is who..maybe u havnt noticed the extremely long queue 4 BRT buses these days. How do u expect pple to get to their destinations when the transport system is Lagos is already over burdened?

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    1. Oh plsssssss,do shut up n speak with. A functional brain

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  16. Fashola, pls take it easy on lagosians. Easy on your policies

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    1. Okadas have been banned in other states, why una nor complain wen dem ban am 4 PH,Enugu,Cross River,Abuja etc,he's the Gov of Lagos state n not president of nigeria

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    2. Thk u ohhhhh,ask them y they didn't complain,now they r barking.msweeeeehhhhhhh.up fashola

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  17. My friend fell off an okada last month,he's still insisting that okada mustn't be banned. I tire ooo. Awon ebi olokada.

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  18. People should get their facts rights...okada drivers are not banned, they are only asked to keep off the highway!!!!

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  19. I saw d picture of a dead Albino girl who was knocked down by a lorry while riding on Okada on the highway and I swear if I was Gov,I will ban Okad! Thank u Fashi,u r a goodman!

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  20. I totally support fashola on ds bcos most of ds okada men r reckless. D only tin I think he cld av done was to introduce an alternative means of livelihood. He cld av introduced the likes of 'keke napep' instead.
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  21. Nigerians.....dnt knw y its alwaz d back of news or papers u guyz do read.fashola did not ban okada riders,he oly told dem to stay of d high way.

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  22. Abeg na only okada dey cause accidents? Y him no ban plane too or trailers, dia r some areas bus n marwa cnt reach, d road is bad n traffic is evrywhere now. Abeg dis tin no fit work o. I support valerie

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    1. Na so pple 4 PH,Abuja,Enugu,Cross River and Akwa ibom tink o, and it worked well, so if u tink it won't work, ur just kidding. Okadas not only cause accidents, they r used 2 rob, a man was shot oPp my office 2wks ago while coming 4rm d bank by guys on okada.this is not the 1st time such is happening in dat vicinity, Majority of them are armed robbers who use okada 2 rob,maim and shoot pple

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  23. @ Anon 22.16
    I still think its a very simple English now..okada riders should keep off the highway o...yes they should operate in those places where buses n marwa can't reach..buses n marwa dey reach highway now....shoo!!!
    Pls pple commenting should stop saying fashola banned okada riders in Lagos.85% of accidents on Lagos roads are caused by this okada riders they endanger poles lives and even damage pples cars...I support this law 100%.

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  24. Most of ya'll yarnin against d ban.. Its either ur self centerd or ur totally heartless..uon knw jackshii Js try n go to Randle general hosp or luth's emergency ward.. Den u can come bck here n misjive.. Btwn lorries dunt rili drive durin d day anymore get ur facts ryt..pffffft I wonda if most of ya'll fink wif d sole of ur shoes

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    1. Hahahaha!!!!! Yes dey do, awon ebi olokada!!! Am sure dey r deir reps

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  25. coffee,milk and sugar28 October, 2012 12:02

    UP FASH.... FASH 4 PRESIDENT !!!

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