Filed in News by on April 11, 2011

Checking the excesses of danfo drivers and okada riders
By Our Reader
Monday, 11 Apr 2011

“Let public safety be the supreme law”, is one sentence frequently used by members of the public. But the question that begs for answer is whether this is obtainable in the Lagos metropolis in particular given the excesses of commercial bus drivers as well as motor cycle operators, otherwise known as okada riders. The excesses of these people on the roads are given other road users some nightmare, but the government appears to be helpless, perhaps for reasons best known to them.

A recent research on the activities of danfo and okada riders indicates that they are responsible for 80 per cent of everyday road accidents that occur in Lagos. Danfo drivers are reckless and do not have value for human lives, while the okada operators often ride with scant attention to life. I have come to understand too, that the activities of these people stern from many factors. One is illiteracy.

Some of them cannot read and write. It is curious that nine out of 10 commercial drivers in Lagos are conductors who have not undergone driving training except from the one they learnt from motor parks. Two, there is this belief amongst most danfo drivers that with money, they can compromise corrupt traffic officers.

For example, between Sango and Oshodi there are recognised bus stops. Same to most roads in the state, yet danfo drivers stop to pick passengers indiscriminately. Three, lack of genuine enforcement of traffic laws by those saddled with the responsibility. It must be stressed that the recklessness of danfo and okada operators is as life threatening as armed robbery.

It is a security issue that must be handled with all seriousness. The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principle on which it was founded.

Okhenaiye Barnabas,
1, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi,
Lagos State,


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