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Palliative: Lagos offers 50 percent discount on public transport routes

A Bus in the Lagos Public Transport System

*The Lagos State Government urges residents and commuters in the state to take note of the 50 percent discount on all public transport system, and prepare for the resumption of regular transport fares in place prior to adjustment of August 2, 2023

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of ongoing measures at cushioning the socio-economic effects of fuel subsidy removal on Lagosians, the  Lagos State Government (LASG) has announced 50 percent discount on transport fares for all public transport system in the state.

ConsumerConnect reports the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), in a public notice issued via its verified social  media account at: Lagos MetropolitanArea Transport Authority LAMATA (@Lamataonline) November 4, 2023, announced reversal to the old rates of all the public transport system across the state with effect from Sunday, November 5, in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s earlier directive issued August 2 this year.

The agency stated: “The 50% rebate in transport fare in the regulated transport system in Lagos ends on Sunday.”

The statement further informed commuters that starting “from Monday, November 6, 2023, transport fare will return to the pre-2nd August 2023 rate.”

LAMATA, therefore, advised Lagos residents to take note of the change, and make the necessary preparations for the resumption of regular transport rates in place before the adjustment made August 2023.

It is recalled that Governor Sanwo-Olu July 31 this year, had announced the reduction of transport fares for the state-owned buses by 50 percent as well as commercial “yellow buses” by 25 percent on all routes as part of efforts at cushioning the effects of removal of the petrol subsidy on the residents.

The governor also stated that the bus fare reduction was supposed to take effect Wednesday, August 2, 2023, in view of the expansion of the fleet of staff buses for the workers in the Lagos State Public Service to cushion the telling effects of the subsidy removal on the residents.

The buses are ready and will be deployed through the office of the Head of Service of the state, noted LAMATA.

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