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Civil servants task LASG on alternative to 'okada'

30 October 2012, 07:20

Lagos - Some civil servants on Monday advised the Lagos State Government to provide alternative means of transportation to the commercial motorbikes, now restricted to certain routes in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the restriction of commercial motorbikes, popularly known as `okada’ from the major highways, had left commuters stranded at bus stops longer than necessary.

The commuters gave the advice in separate interviews with NAN on Monday in Lagos.

Mr Kehinde Popoola, a civil servant with the Lagos State Government, called for an efficient means of transportation, to enable commuters to get to their destinations with ease.

"The number of commuters at various bus stops have increased since the commencement of the arrest of the commercial motorcyclists operating on the expressways.

"We appeal to the government to provide more buses, that will reduce the crowd at the bus stop, at the peak period," he said.

Mrs Doyin Adelaja, a civil servant, blamed the situation on the illegal increase in the pump price of petrol, which also contributed to the scarcity of commercial buses on the roads.

Adelaja said that some of the filling stations were selling a litre of petrol for N110, as opposed to the official price of N97 per litre.

"Something must be done to correct the anomalies because the official price is N97.

"For the past two weeks, majority of the filling stations were now selling the product at the rate of N110 upward," she said.

An anonymous commuter advised the Lagos State Government to construct the feeder roads, to forestall the plying of the expressways by the motorbike operators.

He said that the majority of the feeder roads were in a shambles, and had affected the free flow of the operation of the motorbike operators.



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