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Task force charges motorcycle operators

16 August 2012, 07:17

Lagos, Aug. 15, 2012 (NAN) A task force set up by the Lagos State Motorcycle Operators Association (MOALS) on Wednesday sensitised commercial motorcyclists on Lagos Island on the new law barring them from plying the highways.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the officials assembled at Odunlami Street, in Lagos Island, with a large number of motorcycle riders who pledged their support and readiness to abide by the law.

The new law was endorsed by Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos on Aug. 2.

Addressing the motorcyclists, the head of the task force Mr Kamoru Akinolu, urged them to comply with the law as it was for the safety of everyone.

He told them that the law meant that they could no longer ply bridges and highways in the state.

Akinolu said that the association began the exercise on Tuesday and had visited Oshodi, Mile 12, and Ojota areas of the state, among others.

He said that the exercise was aimed at ensuring that the members understood the law.

He tasked the riders to also avoid driving against traffic and carrying under-aged children in order not to run foul of the law.

The chairman of the Festac chapter of the MOALS, Mr. James Aghahon, told NAN that the association would ensure that pregnant women or women with children strapped to their backs were not conveyed on motorcycles.

He also urged all motorcycle operators to abide by the laws of the state.

NAN reports that the motorcycle operators, who converged on the area, expressed  their readiness to abide by the law.

Mr Fatai Ayodele, one of them, told NAN that he was totally in support of the new law and urged other operators to do the same.

Another motorcycle operator, Mr Kamal Raheem, said that the law was for the benefit of all Lagosians and should be obeyed.



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