The Lagos State Government wants to ban okada and keke. This is because a lot of them drive carelessly, causing accidents.
Attempts to get them to drive more carefully has been largely ignored by many okada and keke drivers.
But banning okada and keke without providing alternative means of livelihood is not advisable.
An okada man speaking to BBC on the issue asked, and I paraphrase: if the thousands of okada and keke drivers [who have thousands of mouths to feed] are banned, how will it be?
That question to me, is food for thought.
As you can see below, there are growing ties between Silicon Valley and Nigeria.
Goldman Sachs is a major backer of Jumia, the Nigeria headquartered e-commerce venture that became the first VC funded tech company in Africa to IPO on a major exchange, the NYSE in 2019.
Goldman also led a $20 million round last year for Nigerian trucking logistics company Kobo360 .
The U.S. bank’s investment in tech companies operating in Nigeria runs parallel to those by Visa, Mastercard, and SalesForce Ventures.
Nigerian tech is also home to a growing number of founders with ties to the U.S. and startups with operations in both countries. Nigerian fintech company Flutterwave, whose clients range from Uber to Cardi B, is headquartered in San Francisco with operations in Lagos. The company maintains a developer team across both countries for its B2B payments platform that helps American companies operating in Africa get paid.
MallforAfrica — a Nigerian e-commerce company that enables partners such as Macy’s, Best Buy and Auto Parts Warehouse to sell in Africa — is led by Chris Folayan, a Nigerian who studied and worked in the U.S. The company now employs Nigerians in Lagos and Americans at its Portland processing plant.
Africa’s leading VOD startup, iROKOtv maintains a New York office that lends to production of the Nigerian (aka Nollywood) content it creates and streams globally.
Andela, a tech-talent accelerator with over $180 million in VC, was co-founded by American Jeremy Johnson and Nigerian entrepreneur Iyinoluwa Aboyeji. The company has offices in New York and Lagos and employs over 1000 engineers.
Over the last five years, Silicon Valley’s ties to Africa and Nigeria have grown. There are a number of Nigerians working in senior positions in the Bay Area, such as Ime Archibong at Facebook — the U.S. company that opened an innovation lab in Nigeria in 2018, called NG_Hub.
But it is not enough. Not nearly enough. Why? No PayPal to receive payments if you are based in Nigeria and don’t have a New York office. Now, that’s severely limiting.
According to data sourced and computed by Startup Blink, Lagos has been ranked number 1 in Africa as the best Start up city.
Following the initiative of South West states to form a security force code named Operation Amotekun, the Federal Government has ordered the recruitment of special constables in a bid to start community policing in the country.
A police wireless message with reference DTO:231704/01/2020, announcing the start of the recruitment, was sent to Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, departments and formations.The message reads:
“INGENPOL (IG) directs that you be informed that (the) Federal Government has given approval for recruitment of special constables as a step forward to enhancing (the) community policing policy nationwide.
“INGENPOL further directs all commands’ CPs, ACPs and DPOs in your respective commands to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders in your respective areas to form screening committees that will screen volunteers who must be of good character and who will eventually be recruited as special constables.
“All those to be recommended must be resident in their respective communities and must also be between the ages of 21 and 50 with (the) willingness to serve the community.”
Online commentators have however raised concerns about the timing of the recruitment, which is coming at a time when Operation Amotekun is causing national debate.
It is not known if there are plans to take the operation to the National Assembly for added legal backing.