Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced a 50% reduction in transportation fares for all state public transportation systems, including the BRT buses, first and last-mile buses, and Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY).
The reduction will take effect from next week, according to the governor.
While addressing journalists at the Lagos House in Marina, the governor stated that the reduction was aimed at reducing the impact of the naira swap on residents.
“To further support Lagosians to weather these stormy days, I hereby announce the following measures: A 50% cut in fares on all our BRT buses, LAGRIDE taxi-scheme, First Mile and Last Mile buses, and Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY),” Sanwo-Olu said.
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“This will take effect from tomorrow for the next seven days. We will push out more Cowrie Cards to enable more Lagosians to get onboard our services.”
In addition to the transportation fare reduction, the governor also announced that palliative items will be distributed to residents through religious leaders and non-governmental organizations.
The state government has also suspended road construction along Buba Maruwa and Ijegun-Egba to ease fuel dispatch across the state, and food banks will be set up in various parts of the state to cater to the vulnerable.
Sanwo-Olu praised the efforts of the military, the Department of State Services (DSS), the police, the Civil Defence, and the Neighborhood Watch for their service and diligence in the state.
He also urged residents to go about their lawful business without fear, and warned “mischief makers” not to take advantage of the economic challenge to perpetuate crime.