Sanwo-Olu approves bus fare increase by 46% despite COVID-19 bite

Sanwo-Olu approves bus fare increase by 46% despite COVID-19 bite

- Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved BRT fare increase by 46%

- This was disclosed in a statement by the assistant director, corporate communication LAMATA, Kolawole Ojelabi

- Sanwo-Olu granted LBSL buses permission to access dedicated bus lanes in Lagos state

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Despite the hardship brought by the coronavirus, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved an average of 46% increase on bus services on the routes operated by the Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL).

The Nation reports that a statement by the assistant director, corporate communication, at the Lagos Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LAMATA), Kolawole Ojelabi, said the increase takes effect from August 1. gathered said Governor Sanwo-Olu assented to the bus fare review following a plea by the bus operating company on the need to sustain its operation because of the negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on public bus transportation.

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Sanwo-Olu approves bus fare increase by 46% despite COVID-19 bite
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state. Credit: Twitter/Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Source: UGC

The governor also approved LBSL’s request to increase the number of passengers per bus from 20 to 42 in observance of updated COVID-19 protocol as directed by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the operation of public transport, while ensuring other measures are in place.

LBSL had argued that conveying not more than 20 passengers per bus, per trip, had resulted in only 14% utilisation of the busload factor, leading to 72% drop in revenue, while the running costs remained fairly the same.

It said the fare increase would improve LBSL’s operational efficiency and place the bus operating company on the path to sustainability in the medium to long term.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Governor Sanwo-Olu on Thursday, June 4, gave a fresh update on the restriction on the interstate movement, especially in the southwest geo-political zone of the country.

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It was reported that Sanwo-Olu said the decision on when to lift the ban on interstate movement would be made by the governors of the southwest.

He said regulating inter-state movement is a joint effort, adding that the state has been able to manage people coming from the Benin Republic.

In another report, a woman identified as Funmi Ajayi slumped and died at Ikotun BRT bus station in Lagos on Tuesday, March 10.

It was reported that the disclosure was made by a Facebook user identified as Ugochi Euphemia, who shared photos on the platform.

The photo Euphemia shared shows the woman’s daughter beside the remains of the deceased.

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