The Lagos State Government has announced plan to launch new mini buses to replace commercial motorcycles and tricycles, popularly known as Okada and Keke.
This is part of the outcome of the Lagos State Government’s partnership with some private investors to set up an auto plant in the state where the mini buses will be manufactured.
Frederick Oladeinde, the State’s Commissioner of Transportation, disclosed this during a webinar organised by the state on its plan for the coming year.
We got a private investor to set up a plant. They’ve started manufacturing some of the buses here. We have another investor that is coming and this government has invested in about 2,000 last mile buses and we are ramping it up to 5,000 in 2021.
According to the commissioner, the government is developing ‘the Last Mile,’ because commercial motorcyclists and tricycles were not part of the state’s transport masterplan.
The Last Mile will take the place of Okadas and tricycles, it will take you into the inner community and into the inner roads, and these are what we call the local government roads. So we are launching a set of buses in the next one month.
The mini buses, which are meant to take the place of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in the state, among other reasons, are being introduced as part of efforts to curb crime in the state.