Insecurity: Nigeria cannot afford total motorcycle ban

A former CEO of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Muda Yusuf, has advised against Nigeria’s proposed outright ban on motorcycle use, saying the country cannot afford it. This is because former Lagos State Transport Ministry Permanent Secretary Taiwo Salaam suggested proper documentation and the introduction of an electronic call system for control and regulation. The two experts spoke Wednesday while participating in PREMIUM TIMES’ Twitter Spaces, a weekly live audio conversation on the popular social media platform, Twitter. They talked about it; “Proposed National Motorcycle Ban: Implications for Nigeria.” PREMIUM TIMES reported that the Nigerian government is considering banning the use of motorcycles as part of its efforts to reduce terrorist activities throughout the country. Justice Minister Abubakar Malami revealed this on July 21 while addressing journalists at the end of a meeting at the Presidential Villa. He also said that the government was considering a ban on mining activities throughout the country. “Banning the use of motorcycles and mining activities will cut off the supply of logistics to terrorists,” he said. Why Total Ban Is Impossible – Yusuf Yusuf said that in order to achieve a complete ban on the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes in Nigeria or anywhere in the world, the problem of supply and demand must be addressed. He said that while there are areas that are not passable and difficult to access, the demand for the use of motorcycles by people will persist, and that the implementation of the ban “will continue to be difficult for security operations.” However, he admitted that the security situation in the country is deteriorating, but insisted that the ban on motorcycles must be done strategically, “with the right kind of intelligence”. He said; “What the government has in mind is going to be discriminatory, there has to be a risk-based approach to this ban. They need to look at the areas where motorcycles pose the greatest risk and the effects of the ban on them.” He suggested that the government should selectively identify areas where motorcycles pose a high security risk and treat them accordingly. He added that the deteriorating security situation has also been linked to unemployment and the reasons why many young Nigerians have chosen to venture into commercial motorcycling. “The impact of insecurity on the business of many Nigerians has forced them to adopt okada as a business. Farmers can no longer get to their farms and those in the manufacturing sectors, traders and indeed everyone are now restricted in their operations. Then what are we waiting for? he said. He said what Nigeria needs to address the security situation is to invest in intelligence, saying the country’s security architecture has not been built around quality intelligence. E-hailing model as an alternative For his part, Mr. Salaam, a former Permanent Secretary, who traced the history of commercial transport in Lagos State and the introduction of commercial motorcycles as a means of transport, blamed the government and politicians for encouraging trade. Salaam described the use of motorcycles as a means of commercial transportation as an aberration. He said the decision to restrict commercial motorcycle operations in Lagos state in 2012 was based on an investigation by his office after a doctor rushing to save his patient’s life was killed in a motorcycle accident. He said that according to available data from police and hospitals, “from 2005 to 2011, there were 92,000 accident cases, of which more than 11,000 were killed by okada in Lagos alone, others were injured. “And between 2016 and 2019, more than 13,000 accidents were recorded in police stations, general hospitals and more than 3,000 deaths. And honestly, these statistics don’t involve patients managed by traditional centers who refused to give us data,” Salaam said. He said that through the introduction of an electronic calling system, the identity of motorcyclists can be known and the movement of motorcycles can be monitored. “We have done it before in Lagos, there are specifications for the motorcycles that can be used, where they can operate, how they can operate and who can serve as a guarantor for the drivers. There are people such as children or pregnant women who cannot be charged. All of that is articulated in a policy that is yet to see the light,” she added. transport policy Salaam said expertly crafted transport policy for both the federal and Lagos state governments is still “on the shelves”. He said that without an adequate transport policy there can be no progress regarding the government’s transport decisions. Also speaking on the same topic during the show, former LASU School of Transportation Dean Samuel Odewunmi said he was among the experts who scoured the nooks and crannies of the country to develop the policies. It also conducted a survey of the electronic call system as part of the regulatory measures in the transport sector. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Insecurity: Nigeria cannot afford total motorcycle ban