Nigeria’s commercial hub experiences disruption following ban on Keke and Okada

The city has experienced widespread disruption following a recent ban on motorcycle and tricycle taxis, popularly known as okada and keke Napep in the city.
The ban went into effect on February 1 and prohibits drivers of those vehicles from using a number of routes in the city.

Commuters have been left stranded, struggling with fare hikes, and getting onto packed public transport. Drivers of these vehicles also have to contend with the loss of income following the ban.

Fahim Saleh, Gokada CEO says the company has stopped the transport aspect of its business, leaving at least 800 drivers without any source of income.

It also laid off 50% of its staff involved in transport operations in Lagos. “As a business, we kind of have to just roll with the punches and a lot of those people that we had to lay off were very focused on the transport sector of the business,” Saleh told CNN.

Faced with the prospect of declining revenues, the company is now pivoting into delivery and logistics with the launch of its own boat hailing service over the next few weeks after meeting sea transport requirements.

“When I was in Lagos I saw that the waterways were empty… So, in 2019, I ordered two boats literally on Alibaba. They are 24 passenger boats with a bathroom enclosed,” Fahim Saleh, Gokada CEO said.

According to Saleh, Gokada,, and ORide (a subsidiary of Chinese backed OPay) are in talks with the government on how to include ride hailing services in their future plan for Lagos.


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