Nigeria’s Lagos city to ban motorcycles

Nigeria’s business capital, Lagos, plans to ban motorcycles and tricycles – the city’s most common forms of transport – from its major roads.

The Lagos state government said the ban is as a result of deaths and disorderliness caused motorcycles, locally referred to as okadas, and tricycles, known as kekes.

It will take effect on 1 February and will be enforced on all major highways and bridges. It will be extended to other areas after an impact assessment is done.

City official Gbenga Omotoso is quoted local media as saying the motorcycles and tricycles will not be allowed in the state capital Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, Apapa, Surulere and Eti Osa areas.

Nigerians online have protested against the ban, with some saying motorcycles help them beat the heavy traffic in Lagos.

Source: BBC

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