The Nigerian social media space has since been set on fire, as many social media users reacted to the submission of Joe Igbokwe, the spokesperson of Lagos State APC and a cabinet nominee in this present Lagos State administration onGokada’s temporary shutdown.
As reported on Nairametrics,Igbokwe stated that it is impossible for ride-hailing startups to thrive in the country’s commercial hub, as the stiff competition in the industry is gaining momentum day by day.
According to him, if the bike–haling startupsare allowed to operate freely, they will jeopardize the investment of the State Government in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
“Instead of partnering with govt on BRT, you invested 5.3 million dollars in okada business and expect that Lagos state will allow you jeopardize its multi-billion naira mass transit investments.”
See the reactions below.
Sister Nations like Rwanda are making reasonable progress by supporting private sector investment.
In Nigeria, one Mr Joe Igbokwe is discouraging private investors who provide employment for youths. Jobs that his cohorts have failed to provide in the last four years.
— The King (@Kingsleymaximo) August 15, 2019
H.E. the executive governor of @followlasg, @jidesanwoolu sir, this is the comment of Joe Igbokwe, a man you have just nominated for a position in your cabinet.
Sir, if this type of mindset is allowed in your cabinet, it is goodbye to job creation, innovation & FDI. @DoubleEph pic.twitter.com/45CcOiAHsC
— Chidi H. Lemchi (@HLemchi) August 14, 2019
Joe Igbokwe is a Commissioner Designate in Lagos and wants to disallow bike hailing services in the state and sent them packing. He rather wants them to partner with Lagos on BRT.
I hear Joe Igbokwe is also considering a 2021 Guber run in Anambra State.
— Nnamdi Anekwe-Chive (@nnamdianekwe) August 15, 2019
That was a very wicked and insensitive statement from Joe Igbokwe.
Gokada and the likes actually save lives and jobs in Lagos
— Fegor Okonedo (@FegurGreen) August 15, 2019
Someone should please tell Uncle Joe Igbokwe that he is a latecomer even his Principal has joined the moving train. pic.twitter.com/tZMwyaP5IC
— Gbemisola (@Sisi_Gbemi) August 15, 2019
Surulere to Oshodi during Rush Hour
Bus: 3 hours
Okada: 30 minutes
Joe Igbokwe needs to shut his mouth until rail and water transport is working properly pic.twitter.com/bTPwu1Dkzc
— Olisa (@0lisa_) August 15, 2019
@Gidi_Traffic Please what is the loquacious Governor Sanwo Olu’ Commissioner designate Joe Igbokwe, saying here? Is he exposing how government frustrates start-ups and SMEs in Lagos?? pic.twitter.com/HK4uwQ2pRr
— AustynZOGS (@Austynzogs) August 15, 2019
Joe Igbokwe was recently appointed by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as one of his cabinet nominees sent to the House of Assembly for screening and clearance.