Lagos State government has approved wearing of uniforms, name tags, and badges for bus conductors in the state which will become mandatory as from March 2017.
The National President of Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria, Mr. Israel Adeshola, made this known on Thursday, adding that the new policy which will be implemented by over 3,000 bonafide members got government’s approval on Monday.
Adeshola explained that the novel idea was being experimented in Lagos state before other states can take a cue. He said;
“We are in collaboration with Lagos state government on the issue of badges and uniforms for commercial conductors, which was finalized on Monday.
“This is because we don’t want to start without the government’s approval. So by the first week of March, we will roll them out.”
The introduction of the uniforms, name tags and badges had become necessary to enforce decorum and ensure the safety of duly registered members and members of the public, Adeshola explained.
Adeshola adds that with the vital information on the badge, any conductor involved in a crime can easily be identified and apprehended.
Meanwhile, Lagos state as from March 1, commuters using the LAGBUS and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Lagos will begin to pay more.
The managing director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, (LAMATA), Engr. Abiodun Dabiri, said Lagos state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has approved fare increase ranging from 20% to 50% on different routes plied by the buses.
Addressing newsmen at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Dabiri said the current financial crunch which shut up the cost of operations by 110% necessitated the increment. Hear him;
“As a result of the economic downturn, public transport had been severely impacted as all related costs had escalated beyond any financial forecast or projection.
“The current government was focused on a strategic reform of the public transport operations in order to create world-class public transport infrastructure and support for operations that is modern, cost-effective, safe and sustainable in the long run.”
The various franchise under the LAGBUS (red buses) have also increased fares for the 60 routes they ply across the state. Henceforth, the new fares will be as follows;
- Ikorodu to CMS which used to be N195 is now N300, representing over 65 percent increase
- N75 to N100 for a ride from Ikorodu to Mile 12
- From Ikorodu to Fadeyi is now N200 from 120
Last week, Governor Ambode had announced the state government’s plan to banish yellow commercial buses from Lagos roads before the end of 2017.
Ambode said that connectivity was a critical element for a mega city to work, which required having mass transit system to move people from one point to another.
He reiterated his dream of ensuring that Lagos becomes a true megacity and this will not be actualised with the presence of yellow buses on Lagos roads.
According to the governor, there was still a lot more to be achieved as regards making Lagos one of the vibrant cities of the world, because cities are the most attractive destination for those who want to realize their dreams.
To this end, Ambode said there was the need for government to be proactive in providing and expanding infrastructure, connectivity, other services to accommodate them.