As Nigerians celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, the Lagos State Government has said it will provide free bus ride to Nigerians living in the state on Friday, 9 August, 2013 to ease movement during the celebrations.
According to a statement by the Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the free bus ride would in particular enable Muslim faithful have easy access 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 7.00am and ending at 10.00pm.
He said the first BRT Cooperative, operator of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would 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, he said free services would be offered on the Ikotun – Ikeja – Maryland, Iyana-Ipaja – Maryland, Ikotun – IyanaIpaja, Igando – IyanaIpaja, Igando – Ikeja, and Igando – Maryland routes.
Mobereola reminded road users of the existence of the Lagos Traffic Law and warned against flouting the law, while he urged those who would put their vehicles on the road to drive with care and observe all traffic rules.