12 February 2013

Nigeria: Media Not Exempted From Use of 200CC Motorcycles, Lagos Govt Says

The Lagos State government said at the weekend that it cannot exempt the media from the compulsory use of the 200cc engine capacity motorcycles for circulation of their newspapers and, or any other parcel.

Governor Babatunde Fashola said the government does not have powers to grant the exemption by fiat.

"It is only the state legislature that has the power to do such a thing, since it was responsible for the restriction on commercial motorcyclists from operating on certain roads in the metropolis," he said.

He debunked insinuations making the rounds that his wife was involved in the importation of the 200cc motorcycles.

Meanwhile, the state government impounded about 7,000 motorcycles between September and November last year for plying restricted roads across the state. All the seized motorcycles are in custody of the government at Alausa, it was gathered.

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