Accuses FERMA of interfering on Ikorodu Rd project
LAGOS —LAGOS State Government, Wednesday, advised commercial motorcycle
operators, popularly called ‘’Okada,” in the state to obey to the letter
the Road Traffic Law 2012 on all unrestricted routes or face severe
This came as the government accused the Federal Road Maintenance
Agency, FERMA, of obstructing ongoing reconstruction of the Ikorodu
Road, on the mere excuse that it is a ‘Federal Road’
Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, noted that it was
highly important for motorcycle operators to obey the Road Traffic Law
to ensure the safety and security of residents.
Opeifa lamented the flagrant disobedience of traffic law by
motorcycle operators and argued that in spite of stakeholders’
engagements, public enlightenment and advocacy embarked upon by the
government to educate motorcycle associations both legal and otherwise,
on the provisions of the law and the need for voluntary compliance, some
motorcycle operators still plied restricted routes with impunity.
According to him, “Section 3 sub sections 3 and 4 stipulate that no
person shall operate a motorcycle either as a rider or a passenger
without wearing a standard protective crash helmet and that no
motorcycle operator shall carry more than one passenger at a time or a
pregnant woman, a child below the age of 12 years or an adult with a
baby on her back.”
Opeifa, warned motorcycle operators who ply unrestricted routes
without the proper registration of the motorcycles, to desist from such
unlawful act as both rider and passenger would be made to face the law.
He appealed to Nigeria Police, Military and other Law Enforcement
Agents to carry out their duties diligently while enforcing the Road
Traffic Law, adding that “Lagosians rely on them for their safety,
security and enforcement of the Law.”
On Ikorodu Road, the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure claimed the
planned rehabilitation could only be done without interference from
FERMA and urged FERMA to concentrate its rehabilitation programmes on
Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Lagos-Sagamu Road, Apapa – Osodi Expressway
and a host of others begging for serious attention.
According to the ministry, the state applied for and had taken over
the maintenance and rehabilitation of Ikorodu road, not only to ensure
its improvement but to also upgrade its facilities because of the
priority attention the state government had given to it.