The Lagos State House of Assembly has charged the Ministry of Transportation and other relevant agencies to effectively enforce the transportation laws on commercial motorcycle riders commonly known as Okada in the state.
The House made the call on Tuesday through the Committee On Transportation while on oversight to the Ministry, Motor Vechicle Adminnistration Agency (MVAA) and the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transportation Agency (LAMATA).
Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Temitope Adewale, explained that the effective enforcement of the laws would end the plying of major roads by Okada riders and as well stop the use of one-way by drivers.
While commending MVAA management on revenue generation, Adewale advised the agency to device means within the laws to actualise its mandate inspite of the challenges facing it.
He said based on the revenue generated so far by the agency, it showed that Lagos is a prosperous state despite the economic downturn.
Speaking on LAMATA, the commiittee chairman said the agency had always kept to its words in ensuring mass transit, adding that the state would continue to witness transportation infrastructural development.
Adewale urged the agency to quickly complete ongoing projects, adding that new ones should commence before the weather becomes unfriendly.
Meanwhile, Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Fredrick Oladeinde, said the ministry would continue to work with the House of Assembly to ensure the effective delivery of dividend of democracy.
Oladeinde said the ministry would ensure that people are able to drive seamlessly from one point to the other without fear.
He added the state has a transport masterplan which would address the challenges facing the sector, adding that the state would be providing alternatives for the people to ease transportation.
The Special Adviser on Transportation to the Governor, Mr Oluwatoyin Fayinka, canvassed for budget line to enhance the productivity of his office, saying that fund is needed for proper enforcement.
Also, the General Manager of Motor Vechicle Administration Agency, Mrs Lape Kilanko, pointed out the challenges facing the agency, seeking the assistance of the House in addressing the challenges.
Kilanko lamented that local governments and Local Council Development Authorities, LCDAs, were collecting the revenue that the agency was saddled to collect, saying this has affected the revenue drive of the agency.
She said the agency has accommodation problem which is affecting its productivity.
Other members of the committee present at the oversight were; Hon. Ganiyu Okanlawon, Hon. Sylvester Ogunkelu and Hon. Tijani Surajudeen.