The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has trailed blaze a new move in he transport sector of Lagos State with the launch of “last mile buses” next that will serve as alternatives to okada.next week.
It will be recalled that In January 2020, the Lagos government banned okada and tricycles in 15 local councils of the state.
Sanwo-Olu’s government had said okada was not “part of our greater Lagos journey”, adding that it was “not an enduring trade”.
Sanwo-Olu said the state will roll out the buses in phases during a meeting on Monday.
The buses will get access into remote streets that cannot be readily accessed by the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system.
“We are excited to announce that next week, we will be launching what we term the ‘last mile buses’ that will ply inner roads and safely get commercial passengers to their final destinations,” Sanwo-Olu said
“We envisage deploying over 500 of these buses to alleviate the pain associated with the restriction of motorcycle and tricycle operations.
“We also envisage that this initiative will also generate employment opportunities for Lagosians, including the commercial motorcyclist operators, who will be employed as operators of the last mile buses.”
Noting that no society can make progress amid “such haughty display of lawlessness and criminality”, Sanwo-Olu said the government is committed to maintaining law and order in the state.
“Our mission of attaining a greater Lagos can only be achieved when we all resolve to live in an orderly manner,” he said.