The Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages (LASPG), Musiliu Akinsanya, known as MC Oluomo, has announced that the fare for commercial bus drivers will be reduced starting Wednesday, following Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu’s directive.
The tickets for drivers that were previously sold at N800 will now be sold for N600, and all bookings will have a 25% reduction. Passengers will also benefit from reduced fares, with routes previously charging N500 now reduced to N300 and routes charging N200 now reduced to N150.
The reduction also applies to tickets purchased by commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators. MC Oluomo has established a task force to monitor compliance, and there will be sanctions for those who do not adhere to the directives.
He said: “We, the State Executives and the entire members of Lagos State Parks and Garages met today in Lagos to review the situation in the country, particularly in Lagos following the oil subsidy removal by the Federal Government.
“After much deliberations and review, we discussed the high cost of food, transport fares and other areas of public interest, in particular, the plan by the organised Labour union i.e. the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to call workers out on a strike action.
“After a careful discussion, we concluded that we will not be part of any strike or protest rally being planned to draw the Federal Government’s attention to the issue being debated in the country.
“All transport family and members will be at work to convey people to their various destinations without problem because Lagos State Government has announced some interventions in the sector.
“Lagos State Government has provided a conducive atmosphere for our operations. There is, therefore, no reason for us to join any strike that may threaten the peace of the state. The various palliative measures taken by the state government especially the 50 per cent reduction of government public transport and a downward review on our Yellow Buses fares will also, go a long way in cushioning the effect of the subsidy removal.
“We have also embarked on internal measures like downward reviews on Lagos State Government and Union Tickets. With this, there will be a reduction in transport fares by commercial drivers.
“We at Lagos State Parks and Garages, therefore, equivocally say no to any form of strikes and protest by any group or organized labour. All our members are enjoined to go on their normal duties without any fear or intimidation.”