Reactions have continued to trail the 21 day ultimatum given to tricycle operators in Lagos to vacate restricted routes by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as human rights and civil society organisations have warned the governor to review the law in no time and subsequently reverse the 21 day ultimatum given to tricycle operators in order to avert chaos in the state.
Addressing journalists in Lagos, the Concerned Human Rights and its Allies, CHRA national coordinator, Comrade Declan Ihekaire said that the governor should consider his subjects before embarking on a draconian action that could cost the state its peace.
In his words, “As a way of retracting from the limitation of its immediate predecessor, what Ambode’s government needs is not a military style 21 day ultimatum, rather the government should revisit the law and give it democratic face.
“At this time in the life of Governor Ambode’s government, we believe that the policy of the government must deviate from the style of dictatorship from the Olypian height. Available information has revealed that in promulgating the controversial traffic law 2012, inputs from stakeholders were played down thus necessitating the agitations and controversial nature of the double-face traffic law.
“Government’s argument anchoring the restriction on checking of armed robberies and accidents does not hold water. Will the government ban people from trekking because armed robbers walk down to their point of operations or inadmissible to ban motor vehicles from moving simply because robbers used that for operations.”
Ihekaire called on the Lagos State Assembly in its oversight function to join in sorting the log jam on this issue if truly the eighth Assembly is equal to the task of lifting the pains of the people they represent as agent of change that eschews dictatorship.


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