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Sanity Expected in Okada Operations as Tinubu Gives life to Okada New Deal. (Posted 12th March, 2003) Tell your friends about this page! Email it to them.

Commercial Motorcycle riders, called Okada in the local parlance and the general public in Nigeria may soon breathe a sigh of relief as the Lagos State Government in conjunction with MediaPlus System, a private firm and consultant to the Government will gradually kit all Okada operators through sponsorship deals by corporate advertisers. It is claimed that there are close to 500, 000 Okadas in Lagos out of which only 20, 000 are registered. These kits consist of a reflective customised jacket, protective helmets and knee protectors.  The paramount objective of the Okada New Deal project is to assist the State Government in enhancing, regulating, controlling and sanitising operations in this commercial transport sector that hitherto has not been given considerable attention and due government regulation. It will also provide great employment opportunities and a new concept in out door advertisement in the state. 

According to MediaPlus System, the initiator and consultant to the State Government on this project, its research indicates that certain safety and health measures need to be put in place for efficient and safe Okada operation. To cushion the effect of these observed health and safety hazard such as dust blowing into the eyes, fumes into the lungs and difficulties in easy sighting of Okada operators, especially at night, reflective customised jackets, protective helmets and knee protectors will be provided to the Okada operators after they must have fulfilled certain statutory registration requirements. Of all the above materials, it is only the helmet that is sourced abroad. All other materials are locally sourced. 

At the public presentation of the safety equipment to the motorcycle operators at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos on Wednesday 5th March 2003, The Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Commissioner for Transport applauded the efforts of MediaPlus System and urged other private corporate bodies to emulate MediaPlus System to further enhance and compensate Government efforts at sanitising the transport Industry. In his reaction to the Governorís statement, the chairman of MediaPlus System, Chief Zack Akinpeju also commended the Government of Lagos State for accepting and appreciating its contribution to the growth and development of the Lagos transport industry. 

The Okada new deal scheme would benefit all and sundry. Part of the benefits to accrue to Local Governments and the Lagos State Government are effective and efficient control of Okada transport operations, increase in Government revenue collection from cyclists, reduction in Government expenditure on medical assistance to victims of accidents on Okada, as there would be an insurance policy to cater for this. More jobs would also be created as a new advertising medium is set to be introduced. Another benefit is the creation of a data base for effective traffic planning, management and crime control as some Okada riders are seen to be accomplices in crime in the Lagos metropolis.

The Okada Operators, the major stakeholders in the system would enjoy an improved and enhanced personal safety, receive profound Government support, increase respectability from the general public, and have certain statutory cost obligation subsidised through the advertisers and additional income amongst other benefits. This would mean more income for the operators. 

Requirements for participating Okada operators and tentative cost. 

A reliable source from the Lagos State Government, states the following as the statutory requirements and  tentative cost for an intending Okada operator to participate:

  • Valid vehicle licence, N100.00          

  • Valid hackney permit, N1,200.00

  • Valid road worthiness certificate, N300 (for 6 months)

  • Valid certificate of insurance, N300 to N500.00

  • * *The motor cycle must have an FRSC reflective number plate (this is a statutory requirements expected to be done by the commercial or non-commercial bikes)

Designated Registration Centres.

For convenience and easy registration process for the Okada operators, the Lagos State Government and MediaPlus System have brought the registration/test centres to all the Local Government Areas in the State.  At least two registration/test centres are available at all the 20 Local Government areas of Lagos State. The following centres are designated for registration and test of road worthiness.

S/N Name of Local Government Designated Centres
1. Agege
  1. The Secretariat, Stadium Road, Agege
  2. Abekoko Area Office
2. Ajeromi-Ifelodun
  1. Amukoko Area Office
  2. Araromi Area Office
3. Alimosho
  1. The Secretariat, Idimu Road, Ikotun
  2. Customary Court, Iyana-Ipaja
4. Amuwo Odofin
  1. The Secretariat, 41 Road, Festac Town
  2. Satelite Town Area Office
5. Apapa
  1. The Secretariat, Burma Road, Apapa
  2. Ijora/Badia Area Office
6. Badagry
  1. Illogbo Area Office
  2. Badagry Town Hall
7. Epe
  1. The Secretariat, Orita Marun, GRA, Epe
  2. Agbowa Area Office
8. Eti-Osa
  1. Muri Okunola Street, V/I Area Office
  2. Igbo Efon/Ajah Area Office
9. Ibeju-Lekki
  1. Abeju Area Office
  2. Akodo Area Office
10. Ifako/Ijaiye
  1. Ojokoro Area Office Jankara Road, Ojokoro
  2. Idiagbon Works yard along College Road
11. Ikeja
  1. Ojodu Area Office, Testing ground
  2. Allen Area Office behind Mr. Biggs
12. Ikorodu
  1. The Secretariat, Beach Road, Ikorodu
  2. Works Yard, Sagamu Road, Ikorodu
13. Kosofe
  1. Oworo Area Office

  2. Ikosi Area Office

14. Lagos Island
  1. City Hall, Popo Aguda

  2. Ebute Elefun Works Yard, Epetedo
15. Lagos Mainland
  1. The Secretariat, 198, Herbert Macaulay, Adekunle Yaba

  2. Ebute Metta Area Office
16. Mushin
  1. Mushin Area Office

  2. Ilupeju Area Office, Town Planning Way, Ilupeju
17. Ojo
  1. Mushin Area Office

  2. Ilupeju Area Office, Town Planning Way, Ilupeju
18. Oshodi-Isolo
  1. The Secretariat, Olojo Drive, Ojo

  2. Okoko Area Office

  3. Sibiri Area Office
19. Somolu
  1. Apelehin Area Office, Bariga

  2. Bajulaiye Area Office
20. Surulere
  1. The Secretariat, James Robertson Road, Alhaji Masha, Street, Surulere

  2. Coker Aguda Area Office Aguda

The Okada sector of the transport industry has not been seen as a tool for generating investment opportunity in the past, but going by what MediaPlus System in conjunction with the Lagos State Government have done now, this view may likely change soon. This gesture will not only improve the standard of the transport industry and increase safety awareness, but will also provide employment opportunities, open new doors for corporate advertisement concepts and above all create the desired confidence by the Government in private sector initiative. In his vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Transport said the Okada New deal project will help reduce the tension between Okada Operators and the Government. A new era of improved mutually beneficial relationship between both parties appear to be on the horizon.


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