The Lagos Bus Service Limited (LBSL) on Thursday said that it had transported no fewer than 10 million passengers in the last 10 months of its existence.
Its Managing Director, Mr Idowu Oguntona, said this at the firm’s headquarters in Ojodu Berger where the management and staff celebrated the feat.
Oguntona said that LBSL would not rest on its oars to improve its services to its teeming commuters.
He said, “This is a major milestone in terms of the operational achievement by the company that is barely 10 months’ old.
“To have been able to transport 10 million Lagosians in a most comfortable, safe, secured and reliable manner, I believe it is something that is worth cerebrating.
“ So, it is a major milestone in the life of the company.’’
He said that the company had organised the celebration to appreciate their faithful commuters that had been patronising their services.
Oguntona, after getting feedbacks from some of their commuters about the LBSL’s operation, said that the firm would work harder to reduce the waiting time at bus stops.
He said that the long queues experienced at some stations and the turn-around time of most commercial buses were usually longer than required because of the traffic situations in the state.
He said that the company was providing services across various routes in the state with 215 buses.
The managing director said that the company would work with the government to see how the firm could have priority access that would enable its buses have shorter journey time
Oguntona speaking on the maintenance of the fleet of buses said that the company had a scheduled maintenance.
He promised that commuters would continue to experience improved services from the company.
He urged the commuters to continue patronising the company’s services, adding that the firm had shown commitment to providing smart and sustainable transit system in the state.
Oguntona also spoke on measures being taken by the company to contain the spread of COVID-19 within its operation.
Oguntona said that the company had continued to educate its staff on the diseases. He added that the company’s drivers had also been sensitized on how to increase hygiene practices on buses.
“We understand the fact that our platform is quite vulnerable in terms of transmitting COVID-19, but we have deployed sanitisers and temperature check thermometers at all the stations.
“We will also continue to engage our commuters on the best practices at the stations on how they can contain the virus.
“This will be across all the stations,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Chinedu Uwadileke, the winner of the one-month free ride from the LBSL, commended the firm for providing comfortable services to its commuters.
He, however, advised the firm to improve its services.
Another commuter, Mr Kayode Ogunlade, urged the company to always roll-out more buses during peak periods to reduce the waiting time.
Ogunlade said that at times, several intending passengers were always waiting at the various stations for about one-and-half hours before boarding.
He also said that the management of the company should be involved in the regular maintenance of their buses to enhance efficient services.