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Lagos Reduces BRT, Other Fares By 50% To Ease Hardship

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In a bid to cushion the impact of the fuel and Naira scarcity on the people, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a 50 per cent reduction on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and other state-owned transport modes with effect from Thursday.

The other transport medium approved by the governor were LAGRIDE taxi scheme, First Mile and Last Mile buses, and Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY).

The governor said that more Cowrie cards would be provided at bus terminals to assist more Lagosians in getting on board and benefit from the service introduced in response to the yearnings of the residents.

Sanwo-Olu also disclosed that food banks would be set up across the state, to distribute and assist vulnerable Lagosians to have access to better meals across the state.

At a press briefing on Wednesday held at the State House in Marina, Lagos Island, the governor explained that the 50 per cent reduction on all state transport facilities would be in place for next seven days.

Read Also: Bamise: Don’t End BRT In Lagos, Make It Safer — Commuters Tell Sanwo-Olu

The governor stressed that the Naira and fuel scarcity currently being experienced by Lagosians were policies introduced by the Federal Government whose effects became severe on Lagosians especially those that rely on daily business transactions for survival.

According to him, we have taken these steps to cushion the effects of these measures that were announced at the Federal level which had crippled business operations in the state.

“A 50 percent cut in fares on all our BRT buses, LAGRIDE taxi scheme, First Mile and Last Mile buses, and Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY). This will take effect from tomorrow for the next seven days. We will push out more Cowrie Cards to enable more Lagosians to get onboard our services.

“I have directed that food banks be set up in various parts of the State to cater for the vulnerable. We will distribute foodstuff to various communities”, the governor added.

He also disclosed that the government has started engaging the NNPC Limited to end fuel scarcity in Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu added that during discussions between the state representatives and NNPCL, the petroleum firm demanded that Ijegun Egba tank farm owners and operators be given unhindered access to the fuel depots.

The governor, who noted that about 40 percent of petroleum products used in Lagos come from the axis, disclosed that its officials have rearranged the timing of the work on the Buba Marwa Road, a dual carriageway that leads to the tank farms.

According to him, the road is over 50 percent completed and was already aiding supply of petroleum products. Also, we have given approval for 24 hours work at petrol stations around the State.

The governor has however warned mischief makers who may see this as an opportunity to incite violence that this is not the way to go.

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