Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday donated 50 new, high-capacity mass transit buses into the operations of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme.
Governor Ambode said the mass transit buses will cushion the effect of the removal of fuel subsidy and petrol price increase on commuters in the state.
Appreciating the governor’s gesture, Managing Director, Primero Transport Limited, concessionaires of Lagos State BRT, Fola Tinubu, said this would not only cushion the effect of fuel price, it would help stabilize transport fares.
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Mr Tinubu who made the statement in a press conference at his office in the Ikorodu area of the state during the inauguration of the buses, hoped that more commuters in Ikorodu and its environs will patronize the buses.
The Managing Director said the company would not hike its fares, adding that the service will be even more prompt as a result of the donation.
“The introduction of the 50 buses was undertaken by the governor to reduce the effect of the hike in fuel price on Lagosians in the hope that more people in Ikorodu and its environs will enjoy the BRT service while leaving their vehicles at home.
“This will go a long way in reducing traffic to the road users and waiting time at various terminals.
“The multiplier effect of this development is the creation of more employment opportunities for drivers, fleet officers, inspectors, mechanics and ticketers, among others, for the smooth running and operations of the scheme.”
Mr Tinubu further added that the buses donated by the Ambode administration will significantly reduce traffic congestion along the Mile 12-Ikorodu BRT extension axis.
Commuters will be able to leave their cars at home and use the service with minimum waiting time at the terminals.
He also disclosed plans by the company to expand to other parts of the state, awaiting approval by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and the Lagos state government.