Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL), the leading bus transport company in Lagos state, has reaffirmed its commitment to the wellbeing of all its stakeholders, including staff members and passengers.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Idowu Oguntona, stated this at the weekend during a two-day free health screening and advocacy exercise; #LBSLCares for staff members to mark LBSL's second anniversary.
Held at its headquarters in Oshodi, the event was themed 'Working Well Together: Choosing Health'. It was facilitated by medical practitioners from Novartis English West Africa, The Doctors, Nigeria and Ikeja Medical Centre.
They educated the LBSL workers about hypertension, diabetes, glaucoma, prostate cancer, breast cancer, Hepatitis B and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The doctors explained some of the identifiable risk factors of the diseases and how to manage them effectively. They also emphasised the need for regular health check-ups, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle.
Speaking at the event, Mr Oguntona reiterated LBSL’s commitment to the wellbeing of its staff, while promising the public that excellence would remain the gold standard of the service.
"We chose to celebrate our second anniversary with health awareness campaigns from different medical professionals and health check-ups for our staff, as we know the importance of having a healthy workforce. Their health remains of paramount importance to us always," he said.
Oguntona, who also highlighted LBSL's milestones in two years, described the journey as outstanding, while also acknowledging the tremendous support of the Lagos State Government under Mr Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu’s leadership.
Some of the achievements include starting operations with 50 buses, less than 150 staff and four routes in 2019, to 312 buses, 822 staff, 32 routes and safely transporting over 24 million Lagosians in just two years.
"It has been an amazing journey so far. Looking back to how we started and where we are now; being the preferred bus transportation service provider makes us very humble. We have more than enough reason to celebrate. When we started, we didn't just want to be like one of the others. We said we wanted to be the best, and the dominant bus service provider in the transport sector in Lagos state and that vision is already our reality".
Oguntona further noted that LBSL is playing a vital role in the THEMES agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and would not rest on its oars with continuous excellent service to Lagosians.
"We have continuously provided a unique commuting experience to Lagosians and constantly play a role in the effort of the State Government to reduce traffic congestion in the state, which is in line with the THEMES agenda. We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of our stakeholders, our valued customers, for their patronage and for choosing to travel with us. The Lagos State Government, under the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for their distinguished and steadfast support."
He urged all stakeholders in the transportation sector not to relent in their unflinching support for the Company and implored Lagosians to imbibe the culture of using public bus transit to reduce the volume of traffic, improve air quality of the environment and overall wellbeing.