LAGOS TO ROLL OUT 65 NEW BUSES TO CUSHION THE EFFECT OF THE BAN OF OKADA And KEKE IN PARTS OF THE STATE.
Written by admin on February 2, 2020
WRITTEN BY OMOLARA OMOSANYA
From tomorrow (Monday February 3rd) the Lagos State Government says 65 new buses will be added to its fleet of buses on some major routes to reduce the impact of the ban on motorcycles and tricycles.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho said the new buses would be plying both new and old routes even as the government is expecting to take delivery of about 550 more buses.
Mr. Omotosho said 14 ferries would also be inaugurated within the week to open up the waterways, reduce travel time on various routes and provide safe, dependable and comfortable alternatives for commuters.
He said the little discomfort experienced by commuters on some routes due to the absence of motorcycles and tricycles was noted and promised that it would not last as alternatives are being rolled out.
The Commissioner said Government was aware that enforcing the ban may lead to some job losses and the Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has made plans to announce some measures to tackle the likely effects of the order, besides the programmes of various agencies, such as the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund , Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Office of Civic Engagement, Lagos State Parks and Gardens and others.
He commended motorcycle and tricycle operators for complying with the restriction order which began on Saturday, February 1, noting that the level of compliance was over 90 %. describing it as an indication that residents agree with the government on the need to stop the danger that commercial motorcycles and tricycles have become.
While soliciting the continued support of Lagosians, Mr Omotosho warned all those who are planning to unleash violence on the State because of the ongoing enforcement to have a change of heart as law enforcement agents have been directed to ensure that nobody takes the law into his hands.