The answer is YES!
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity… Carl Jung
My lords, it is possible that the outcome of many drunken debates and photoshopped arguments would have misdirected you to think that my stance before this honourable court is a declaration of war on the ease and comfort we are all entitled to; nay, too far from it. My intention today rather is to serve as a beacon of hope and clarity on the raging issue of the ban of commercial motorcycles and their operations within campus.
My lords, it is not in doubt that the prevention of disaster holds more benefit than its supposed cure. We are not also oblivious of the fact that the operation of motorbikes holds more threat to our security and exposes us to more fatal accident than any other means of land transportation. In fact, a 1998 study conducted by the Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, showed that injuries to limbs which were caused by motorcycle riders occurred in 79.3% of patients who were reported at the emergency department of the hospital. We don’t have to wait till we all begin to invest our money and time in keeping orthopedic hospitals and motorbike robbers in constant business before we take action. In thinking ahead of everyone, the University has saved us from future disaster and given us a new and safer way to get to our various destinations.
My lords, to further prove my point, I would liketo call on a witness to touch on the mischievous act of this motorcyclist. Permit me to produce verbatim in this honorable court, the sorrowful extortion experience of one of the victims of many mischievous bike men on campus. She recounts, “The first week of my admission in this great university, I needed to purchase a textbook at the university bookshop. Not knowing how to get there from Queen Elizabeth Hall II, I stopped a bikeman at my hostel gate to take me there. Seeing another opportunity to make a million dollars in a 30 seconds ride, this mischievous bikeman took me round in circles through the long and wrong route just to make up for the 200 naira fare slapped on me by him. Similar things happened to my cousin and two of my class mates. This wouldn’t have happened if we had only cabs and tricycles on campus, because other commuters would have alerted me of this dubious act.” My lords, this is just the testimony of a victim that camef forward to speak the truth. Imagine if we begin to dig further into the ills of the operations of the motorbike, what we would find would be enough to justify their ban.
My lords, taking into consideration the environmental hazards involved with the operation of numerous motorcycles at the same time on campus, thenthe ban of motorcycles in this present time is necessary. Here is why. All automobiles produce exhaust fumes which can lead to cancer and respiratory breakdown. While it is not reasonable to place a ban on all means of road transportation in order to achieve a green society, one of the best things to do is to reduce the number of these automobiles or replace them with those that can accommodate more people at any particular time. Mathematically, what this means is that it is necessary for us to reduce exhaust fumes produced by 120 motorcycles transporting 120 passengers or less to just 40 tricycles transporting the same number of passengers. This is what the university considers necessary.
Finally,I would be in great denial if I pretend not to understand the sentiments of myopposing counsel and his many apostles on this ban. However, we must understand that in situations that have to do with the protection of lives and properties, there is no harm indeed if our actions are a little bit more drastic. Truth be told, in times like this, we should rather be propelled by the enduring good than succumb to the wishes of critics or be swayed by the temporary pains of those who may have benefitted from the anomalies being corrected.
Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. – William Pitt
Before I commence my case, I must tender before your lordships my humble apologies for showing up before the court quite late. It was due to some unforeseen circumstance: I had been caught up in traffic outside the vicinity of University of Ibadan, and while I hoped to get a fast-moving motorcycle to convey me to this courthouse speedily, I found nothing but some sluggishly-moving tricycles. My lords, could you imagine that I maintained the first position on the queue for over fifteen minutes, and could not protest while the second, third, and fourth persons on the queue went with the first tricycle to arrive? I had been told that I would spend a century on that queue unless I found two otherpeople headed for similar destinations.
The circumstances that surrounded my lateness to this courthouse today reflect the tough situation all members of the university community had been plunged into due to the sudden ban on transportation by motorcycles within the university. Inconvenience has been sacrificed on the altar of innovation and more victims than beneficiaries have been created by the action. As students, we can no longer be at ease at dire moments when lateness becomes unavoidable as we cannot be certain of the luxury of finding a tricycle to convey us to any destination within the university.
My lords, for us to do justice to the question of whether the ban on motorcycles is necessary, it is important we travel back in time and compare our current situation with what used to obtain in the past. In those good old days, when transportation by motorcycles was permitted, bike men and passengers alike enjoyed easy, fast and simple means of transport provided by the motorcycles. Only one passenger attached to one bike meant a fast and safe delivery. The small size of motorcycles meant they could access even remote areas in the university. Compare this to three passengers attached to one tricycle and you will know that motorcycles are indeed more effective means of transport in the university community. What on earth could then justify the outright ban on it?
Let us reply the other side. Aligning his thoughts with the reason put forward by the management, the opposing counsel has argued that the ban on motorcycles became necessary in order to protect the members of the university community against insecurity; but the twist to the whole scenario was that even insecurity claims could not afford the management sufficient reason for their action. According to the statement of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), the ban on motorcycles was implemented by the management because majority of robbery cases taking place on campus were perpetrated by bike men. How funny! When the university security unit had so far not caught any bike man as a robber, it is mere speculation and, I fear to add, deception.
My lords, you will agree with me in the infinitude of your wisdom that innovation is a worthy thing, against which no one should wage war. However, it is also pure human nature that people do not adapt to things immediately. Thus, for any change to be welcome, it must be positive and bring about positive rewards. The ban on motorcycles and introduction of tricycles have caused more trouble than good. How then are we expected to embrace them?