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How do we survive Coronavirus in Lagos without Okada?

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu disappeared (from active duty) just after the elections, and by the time he reappeared, Okada got banned, coronavirus arrived.

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu disappeared (from active duty) just after the elections, and by the time he reappeared, Okada got banned, coronavirus arrived.

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By Ahmed Olufemi

In Nigeria one of the things newly elected political office holders are known for is releasing their projects with a target to complete them in the first hundred days in the office, but in the case of Sanwo-Olu who till date, is still regarded as a ‘child of circumstance’ seem to not have made up his mind on what to work on in the first hundred days and what not to.

He has been so relaxed like his predecessors have finished the work and left him with nothing else to do but pay salaries (he isn’t paying the salary even, the secretaries are), in fact, he is acting like someone that’s been given a clear instruction on what to do outside the usual job description of a governor of a state.

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Lagos is Africa’s most populous city and one of the most crowded in the world, and with the challenges of bad roads in the city which, combined with movement of too many people towards same direction at same time, leaves us with motorcycle popularly known as Okada as one of the fastest ways of getting to your destination in the city without being stuck in traffic.

With the reappearance of the governor, the first thing he did was to ban Okada and tricycle, causing panic in the commercial city, and with no solution in sight.

Following the ban on Okada came the news of the arrival of the deadly coronavirus in the commercial capital of Nigeria, which begs for the question, “How do we survive this virus while sharing same vehicle with hundreds of people in commercial buses every day?” Maybe the poor is about to be wiped out.


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Since the ban on Okada, which would have been the best alternative in avoiding crowd while going about your normal activities, we have been faced with three options – Go with small bus (Danfo), which carries about 10-12 passengers, with no sign of detecting who among them is sick of the virus. With BRT that carries dozens of passengers, or, the best alternative as it is now, trek.

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Is it a coincidence that Okada was banned by this time the world is trying to solve Coronavirus case? or it is the selfishness of our politicians that is about to cost us massively? whichever the case, we need Okada back, at least for now till we know we can be self riding with strangers.

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