Why Lagos ban of Okada and Keke tricycles should be encouraged
By Guardian Exclusive
01 February 2020 | 9:50 am
The Lagos state government has announced a ban on commercial motorcycles and tricycles in the city’s major residential and business hubs in the state capital. While this is not the first ban on commercial bikes, known locally as Okadas, this time, the state has also explicitly banned operations of motorcycle-hailing startups. InsideStuff brings you why the state government needs to be encouraged.
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