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Lagos govt. reduces BRT fare by 50%, Yellow buses 25% beginning Wed, to distribute food to the poorest

Ayodele Olalere
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, announced reduction in transport fare on all Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) routes by 50% beginning Wednesday. August 2.

The governor also said commercial buses known as ‘Danfo’ will follow suit with a reduction of 25% in fare on all routes.

Governor Sanwo-Olu made the announcement while addressing journalists at the State House, Ikeja, at the end of a security meeting with security agencies such as the army, police and the navy.

He also said the number of Lagos State staff buses will be increased, adding new buses have been purchased.

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The governor also said the state will commence distribution of food such as rice, beans and garri to the poorest people in the state. According to him, the distribution will be done through the Community Development Associations, CDAs, churches, mosques, and local government.
These measures, he said, are to cushion the effect of removal of fuel subsidies by the federal government as well as the harsh economic situation in the country.

The Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, while reeling out efforts the police is making to address security situation in the state, said there have been increase in cultish and vehicle vandalism in the state, adding since Operation Flush was formed by the force, 260 suspects have been arrested and bring investigated.
He said the governor has charged the police to upscale their operation, and warned that anyone planning to disrupt the peace of the state will be dealt with.