The Lagos State Government has sent a bill aimed at regulating the activities of commercial motorcycle operators to the House of Assembly.
Ade Ipaye, Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, announced this on Tuesday while speaking at a capacity development workshop for judicial correspondents in Ikeja.
The bill is coming on the heels of a ruling on May 4, by a Federal High Court Judge, Steven Adah, to stop the state government from enforcing its plan to restrict operations of commercial motorcyclists in Lagos State.
The judge held that there must be a law enacted by the House of Assembly before such restrictions being proposed by the government could have any effect.
Mr. Ipaye said the government would not appeal the court’s judgment because a bill had been sent to the Assembly for passage.
“By the time the case went to court, the executive was completing the bill. The bill has been sent to the State House of Assembly and it is being processed.
“It will state which areas that the commercial motorcyclists are supposed to carry out their operations and areas that they will be restricted,” he said.
According to him, the idea for the bill was mooted following advice by the state’s security committee which called for the restriction of the operations of the motorcyclists.
The Attorney-General explained that the court’s judgment did not give the motorcyclists the right to violate the extant traffic rules in the state.
“There are already laws guiding road traffic which include both vehicle and motorcycle users.
“Therefore, it is an offence for a motorcyclist to ride against traffic, beat traffic lights or ride on pedestrian walkways.
“Any person who violates traffic laws will be dealt with accordingly.”
Mr. Ipaye said the court did not order the government to release the 8,000 seized motorcycles allegedly in its custody, adding that it was a misrepresentation of facts.
“Lagos State Government cannot release the motorcycles because they were seized by the police which is not an agency of the state government,” he said.
The attorney-general went on to explain that the workshop organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice was aimed at strengthening the capacity of the judiciary reporters in the state.
He said judicial correspondents had a crucial role to play in the actualisation of the justice sector reforms of the state government.
Wahab Abdullahi, Chairman, National Association of Judiciary Correspondents, Ikeja branch, commended the Ministry of Justice for organising the workshop.
He called for cooperation between journalists and the ministry, especially in judicial reportage.