Okada Ban: Lagos Deploys 65 Buses Across Major Routes

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed the management of Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL) to deploy a fleet of 65 buses along major routes from Monday, February 3, 2020.

The directive follows a recent ban on the operation of motorcycles and tricycles in some parts of the State.

According to Sanwo-Olu in a statement on Sunday, the move is to help ameliorate the hardship commuters might face as a result of the restriction order.

He appreciated motorcycle and tricycle operators for complying with the restriction from six LGAs, major highways and bridges.

The Managing Director, Lagbus, Mr Idowu Oguntona, disclosed this, at the weekend, following scarcity of buses and transport fare hike by commercial drivers as a result of government enforcement on the ban of motorcycles, popularly called, Okada,” and tricycles, called “Keke NAPEP, which commenced on Saturday, February 1st, 2020.

The need to deploy more buses, Oguntona said became necessary in order to cushion the hardship commuters might face as a result of the restriction order on the operators of Okada,” and tricycles, called “Keke NAPEP” in some parts of the State.

The new routes where the LBSL will extend its services from tomorrow and the specified transport fares are: 1. Ikeja – Ogba: N100

2. Berger – Ogba: N100

3. Ikeja – CMS: N200

4. Oshodi – Ajah: N500

5. Obalende – Ajah: N250

6. CMS – Ajah: N250

7. Inner Marina – Ajah: N250

The governor commended some of the ride-hailing companies for their level of compliance, asking their riders to obey the directive.

“The little discomfort experienced by commuters on some routes due to the absence of motorcycles and tricycles is noted. This will not last as alternatives are being rolled out, a fleet of 65 buses will join the others on some major routes as from Monday, February 3, 2020: No less than 550 more buses are being expected.”

He added that “Besides, 14 ferries will be commissioned on Tuesday; This will further open up the waterways, reduce travel time on various routes and provide safe, dependable and comfortable alternatives for commuters.”

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