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Gokada Sacks Workers,Hailing Firms Condemn Violence

Gokada, A ride-hailing service company has reportedly sacked most of its staff after the proscription of motorcycles and tricycles in 15 council areas of Lagos State.

It was gathered that at least 70 per cent of the staff had been sacked, a source in the company confirmed the development on Tuesday.

Chief Executive Officer of the company, Fahim Saleh, had only recently bought 2,000 bikes with each costing $1,500.

it was stated in a tweet ‘Saleh said Gokada was about to start making profit when the ban was announced in January’.

Meanwhile, formal motorcycle operators under the Transportation Hailing Alliance of Nigeria, consisting of MAX, ORide and Gokada, on Tuesday condemned pockets of violence that surfaced in Lagos in response to the restriction of motorcycle operations within the metropolis.

In a statement,the group advised all stakeholders impacted by the issue to continue to explore only peaceful channels of engaging the government, as opposed to taking the law into their own hands.

Adetayo Bamiduro, The Chief Executive Officer of MAX, was quoted to have said, “While we have directed our drivers to comply with the government’s directive and restrict their operations within the non-restricted routes, we continue to engage the critical government stakeholders in the state’s transport industry in working towards a way forward for operators under the alliance that best aligns with the government’s intent.”

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