Riders of Opay, Gokada and MaxNG have reportedly staged a public demonstration in Lagos to protest government’s recent pronouncement to ban riders on major roads in Lagos.
The demonstration which earlier took place on Friday, January 31, in Lagos saw a crowd of riders registering their displeasure on the government’s decision to ban riders.
On Monday, January 27, the Lagos State Government had announced that riders would no longer be allowed on some Lagos roads with effect from February 1, 2020.
These bike-hailing operations, during the protest, have requested that the government look into regulating their operations instead of the outright banning as it takes food away from their table.
With placards reading different inscriptions like “Our jobs matter”, this crowd of protesters coordinated the public demonstration as peaceful as possible to demand what they consider as their entitlement as residents and workers in Lagos.
From Oregun to the seat of government in Ikeja, they attracted public sympathy as mass of people is about to lose their job to government’s corporate sanctions.
Not minding operating under different platforms, they (Gokada and others) jointly pleaded for regulation over the announced banning.
According to feeds from the government as communicated by the Lagos State commissioner of transport, Dr. Frederick Olaseinde, the Lagos State Government would not rule out its verdict as the State was set to return to its master plan where Okada and its activities were never a component.