Ahead of the Muslim Eid-el-Kabir, Sallah celebration, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, management, has concluded plans to provide free bus ride to residents on its Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, franchise on Friday.
Similarly, as part of measures to ensure zero tolerance on waste accumulation, Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, is set to distribute about a million free trash bags for adequate waste collection and effective disposal during the period.
The free bus ride, according to the Managing Director of LAMATA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, will in particular facilitate easy movement of Muslim faithful to different praying centres across the state.
Mobereola, said the free bus service which began in 2008 had helped in reducing congestion and accident on the roads during festive periods, adding that the service would run for 13 hours starting at 7.00a.m. and ends at 10.00p.m.
The First BRT Cooperative, operator of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will offer free services on Mile 12 – CMS, Mile 12 – Obalende, Ajah to National Stadium, Ajah – Obalende, Mile 12 – National Stadium, Mile 2 – National Stadium, Oshodi – Obalende and Oshodi – National Stadium routes.
On the Bus Franchise Scheme (BFS) corridor, free services will be offered on the Ikotun – Ikeja – Maryland, Iyana Ipaja – Maryland, Ikotun – Iyana Ipaja, Igando – Iyana Ipaja, Igando – Ikeja, and Igando – Maryland routes.
Mobereola reminded road users of the existence of the Lagos Traffic Law and warned against flouting the law under the guise of the public holiday. Also, Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya, said that the 350 Private Sector Participants, PSPs, operating in the state have been mandated with the task of ensuring that every part of the state is rid of waste during and after the celebration.
Distribution of the bags, which commenced five years ago, will be done through the PSP operators to ensure that refuse is properly bagged and disposed in covered bins.