With the ban and restrictions of commercial motorcycle (Okada) and tricycles (Keke) by the Lagos state government in order to reduce the congestion in the metropolis, the Governor Sanwo-Olu lead administration has rolled out 65 high capacity buses in addition to the already existing buses, as an alleviative measure to cushion the effect of ban, but this has sent tongues wagging as Lagosians react, stating that it is not enough.
The Lagos State Government made this known via their twitter handle on Monday the 03 of February, 2020, stating that the additional buses was added to the existing buses as a way of palliating the restrictions of commercial motorcycle and tricycles.
The Managing Director of the Lagos bus service limited, Idowu Oguntona made the announcement of the deployment of the new high capacity buses during a press conference in Lagos.
Oguntona disclosed that the new buses, has already commenced work and has recorded about 10,000 customers within the hours it was launched, adding that the 65 buses is estimated to convey a total of 35,000 Lagosians daily.
He furtherstated that the buses will ply seven routes across the affected areas, including Osodi-jah, Inner Marina-Ajah, Obalende-Ajah, CMS-Ajah, Ikeja-Oba and Berger – Ojota axis.
When questioned on the introduction of mini buses which will ply through the nook and crannies of Lagos, Oguntona assured that 550 medium capacity vehicles for feeder route will be injected soon.
This new development is coming days after Lagosians cried out to the government for expedite action, in order to reduce the pain and the plight of the people living around the ban affected areas.
Some Lagosians went ahead to the point of launching the Ohorse to cushion the Keke and Oakda ban which had left lots of commuters stranded and some seen trekking distance to get their destinations.
But the inauguration and deployment of the new 65 additional buses, Lagosians are not happy as some took to twitter to express their disappointment, stating that the roads of Lagos needs to be fixed first.
While some are of the opinion that the number of buses been deployed are small compared to the population of commuters, and there still other routes and areas which are not included.
The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration has restricted commercial motorcycle and tricycles in some Local Government Area and LCDAs due to flagrant disobedience to traffic regulations and total disregard for safety by operators and other reasons.