Lagos State government buys new buses for intra city transportation in Lagos.
The Lagos State Government on Thursday launched 30 new luxury buses for intra city transportation in Lagos.
The government also launched 10 buses last week, in addition to the existing BRT and LAGBUS fleet of buses plying the metropolis.
The latest buses were launched by the Lagos Integrated Transport Cooperative Society, LASITCOS, and TRANSMODAL Nigeria Limited.
LASITCOS provided 10 Tata buses, while TRANSMODAL brought in 20.
The LASITCOS buses would operate along Abesan-Idimu, Ikotun-Ejigbo, Cele-Express-Oshodi-Mile 2 axis, while TRANSMODAL would ply Agbara-Okokomaiko, Mile 2-Tin Can Island and Orile to TBS.
Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, said that within the first quarter of 2013, more buses would be provided by other partners in the sector.
Mr. Opeifa said that a major challenge facing the operators of the buses was the non-availability of qualified drivers to sustain and maintain the vehicles.
“The process of engaging a driver is very long and tedious and we have to go through this process because we do not want to go into the problem of the past.
“The franchises have been going through this process to get the best drivers that would deliver the best to the people of Lagos State,” he said.
The partners were given a `franchise certificates` by the Managing Director, LAGBUS Asset Management Ltd, Babatunde Disu.
Mr. Disu promised Lagos residents that under the franchise, they would enjoy better, reliable, comfortable and affordable transport services.
He said that although there were other commercial buses as competitors, there would be collaborative efforts to manage a good transport service to alleviate previous commuters’ hardship.
Mr. Disu said that the new buses would assist in creating jobs for some of the residents.
He called on other private transport organisations to partner with the state government to improve the sector.