Regulate bike transportation in Lagos, not ban. Please save our jobs!

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My name is Temitope Adefisoye. Although I am just one person, I represent every Gokada, MAXOKADA and all other formal bike riders working in Lagos State, Nigeria, who are highly safety and security conscious. I represent those lives who are about to be thrown into confusion and uncertainty about the future, along with their families and dependants.

On the 27th of January, 2020 the Lagos State government declared a ban on commercial motorcycles. I received this news with panic and fear because I know what this means to my life.

Before I joined Gokada, I had no future. I grew up as an orphan in Ajegunle where I lived with my widow grandmother with my siblings. She barely made enough from her fruit sales to feed all of us and I often had to do odd jobs like mixing concrete from the age of 10. I was very brilliant but could not finish secondary school because of money.

Today I have three children who I value more than my life. Two years ago, things became tough when I lost my job as a factory worker and one day their mother didn’t come home. Until now, we have not set eyes on her. Things became so hard that I thought about killing myself many, many times.

In June 2019, my childhood friend Bolaji told me about Gokada and after going through all their tests, I passed. In my first week of work, I made over 30,000 naira as profit. One week! I have never experienced such in my life. It was like somebody just transferred me from hell into heaven. My children are all in school now and I also have little savings for the first time since I can remember.

We are as concerned as the government on the issue of safety and security. Me and my fellow riders at Gokada, MAX and other formal bike-hailing companies have been trained to ride safely and only few people pass the rigorous tests to join as riders. We are all fully equipped with protective gear and our riders rarely break the rules. Thousands of us will be rendered useless if this ban is implemented.

We want the Lagos State government to regulate the bike transport sector and be very strict with offenders. This will separate the wheat from the chaff and prevent sorrow and loss to competent bike riders and the good people of Lagos who know that time wasted is money lost. We need your support, please and please. Thank you for signing this petition.