It has been reported by NigerianEye that the Lagos State Government plans to provide free bus rides for Lagosians tomorrow in celebration of the Eid-el-Kabir
The initiative, it was learnt, is part of efforts to promote use of public transport as well as reduce road congestion, especially during festive periods.
The Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, who announced it in a statement, said the free bus ride would start at 7.00am and end at 10.00pm.
The free service will be offered by both the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system along the Mile 12 to CMS corridor and the Bus Franchise Scheme (BFS) along the Igando/Ikotun/Iyana-Ipaja/Maryland corridor.
“Government has a responsibility to its citizens. We know that during festive periods, accidents do occur, some linked to excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. For everyone involved in an accident, you can imagine the number of medical personnel that would be required to attend to them and the attendant loss to the family. Every life is precious and the Lagos State Government is committed to the protection of lives during this season and even beyond, “the statement stated.
While admonishing Lagosians to be cautious during the festivities, the statement urged: “We don’t want anyone to drink and drive. While the government is not promoting alcohol consumption, if you must drink, don’t drive, but use public transport that has been provided free instead.”