The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Monday said the Lagos state government might face unemployment and an increase in crime following its ban of ‘Okada’ and tricycles in some parts of the State.
Amaechi who spoke on ChannelsTV’s Sunrise daily said, “I am sure he must have addressed it in his mind before he took that decision ,that is unemployment and an increase in crime.”
“All those Okada riders and tricycle riders have provided for themselves a means of livelihood. “If you ban it and there are no alternatives, the chances that some of them might go into crime.”
Amaechi, however, noted that as a former governor of Rivers State, he saw reasons why the State’s government made the decision.
The Minister said, it is not the duty of the federal government to intervene in the recent ban of ‘okada’ and tricycles in some parts of Lagos state.
”Implementation of transport policy is essentially a state affair,” he said.
“So you can’t be telling a state whether they want Okada or tricycles or not. That’s not our responsibility. It is for the state government to decide what to do.
“I don’t know the reason why the governor of Lagos state banned it; only he can tell you. I am sure he made his decision based on the interests of a majority of Lagosians.
Speaking on the security issues that may arise from the ban, Amaechi said,
“You have insecurities not because those guys want to be criminals they are criminals because they can’t have the means of livelihood.”
He added that if the government failed to provide means of livelihood for the poor, the poor will rise against the rich.