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Frustrated Nigerians Take to the Streets to Protest Motorcycle Ban

Hundreds of Nigerians living in Lagos have taken to the streets to protest against the recent motorcycle ban.

The Nigerian government recently introduced a ban on two- and three-wheeled motorcycles known as "okada" in the city of Lagos. According to them, the ban is meant to reduce road accidents as well as "chaos and disorderliness" Aljazeera reports.

However, just a week into the introduction of the ban, frustrated Nigerians in Lagos have taken to the streets to protest against the ban.


A popular and more cost-effective mode of transport, the ban on the commercial motorcycles has left Lagos in a state of greater traffic congestion in addition to longer queues for other forms of transportation among commuters.

One protester told Aljazeera that the people felt there was an alternative to the ban which has cost many their livelihoods. "This ban doesn't solve any of the problems attached to it. More people are suffering to get to work ... and school. And several thousand [of people] have just lost their livelihood." She added that, "There are so many things wrong with Lagos. The touts on the roads; the terrible state of the roads; those should be fixed first."

Kayode Adegbola, the founder, and lead advisor of Golborne Road Advisory shares his expertise on the matter saying, "The government has the power to issue such a restriction and considering what happened, the only thing that could have possibly prevented it, would have been increased engagement between the union of road transport workers, the ride-hailing platforms, and the government themselves."

Surprisingly, the Nigerian government allegedly reported that they were "not unaware that enforcing this directive may lead to some job losses" and added that the governor was set to announce measures to tackle the effects of the order, according to the BBC.

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The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

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