Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, announced reduction in transport fare on all Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) routes by 50 per cent beginning from August 2.
Sanwo-Olu also disclosed plans to distribute food to poor folks in the state.
Besides reduction of BRT fares, Sanwo-Olu also said commercial buses, known as “Danfo”, would follow suit with a reduction of 25 per cent in fare on all routes.
Although Sanwo-Olu did not say how he would enforce the reduction in transport fare for the yellow buses.
The governor spoke while addressing journalists at State House, Ikeja, at the end of a security meeting with the army, police, navy, and other security agencies.
He said the number of Lagos State staff buses would also be increased, adding that new buses have already been purchased.
Sanwo-Olu said the state would soon commence distribution of food stuff, such as rice, beans, and garri, to the poor in the state. He said the distribution would be done through the Community Development Associations (CDAs), churches, mosques, and local governments.
The governor stressed that the measures were to cushion the effects of removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government as well as the harsh economic situation in the country.
The Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, while stating the efforts by the police to address the security situation in the state, said there had been an increase in vehicle vandalism and clashes by cultists in the state. Owohunwa said “Operation Flush” was formed by the police to tackle the security challenges and 260 suspects had been arrested and were being investigated. He warned that anyone planning to disrupt the peace of the state would be dealt with.