An Assessment of Motorcycle Operation in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, Nigeria
Science, Technology & Public Policy
Volume 1, Issue 1, June 2017, Pages: 17-22
Received: Mar. 4, 2017; Accepted: Mar. 27, 2017; Published: Apr. 12, 2017
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Gbadamosi Kolawole Taofeek, Department of Transport Management Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Oluwaseyi Joseph Afolabi, Department of Management Technology, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Nigeria
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Abstract
Motorcycles contribute significantly to the number of motorized transport on the roads in Ogun State, Nigeria. This development is attributable to poor public transport supply, urban sprawl and bad roads. The use of motorcycles in Ogun State is associated with high accident rate both on the side of the riders and the passengers. This study investigated the socio – economic effects of Okada riders in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Areas of Ogun State, Nigeria. Questionnaire was administered on a randomly selected sample of 200 users in the area. Of the 200 questionnaires administered, 183 questionnaires were received for analysis using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Questionnaire was also administered on a randomly selected sample of 100 operators in the area. Of the 100 questionnaires administered, 84 questionnaires were received for analysis using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Secondary data was also sourced to serve as complement to the primary data, thus allowing for a robust research. Descriptive statistical tools such as percentages were adopted to present the socio - economic characteristics in the area. Findings showed that the majority of the commercial motorcyclists are adult between the aged 31 and 40 years. Most of them (72.9%) are married and are fairly educated. All are of male gender, 78.6% of 66 respondent are full-time operators and have been in operation for up to four years. The majority of the riders engaged in the business because of the pressing need to survive and sustain their families. Furthermore, most of the riders did not take the necessary safety precautions, they drank alcohol even during business hours and these reasons have been identified as major causes for their recklessness.
Keywords
Motorcycle, Passengers, Traffic, Accident
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Gbadamosi Kolawole Taofeek, Oluwaseyi Joseph Afolabi, An Assessment of Motorcycle Operation in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, Nigeria, Science, Technology & Public Policy. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2017, pp. 17-22. doi: 10.11648/j.stpp.20170101.13
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