The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has added 100 spacious, high-capacity buses to the newly launched First and Last Mile (FLM) Origin X-30 Bus Scheme.
The scheme aims at easing public transportation within the metropolis while providing the needed transportation alternative much needed by the residents of the state. The scheme would also permanently eradicate commercial motorcycles.
Speaking during the launch of the new buses for the Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL) on Tuesday in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu said that the new buses would enable residents to predict their journey and spend less time on the road.
The governor added that the FLM, would take care of commuting between the main transit corridors and the hearts of Lagos communities, where the bulk of people reside. and where high capacity buses would normally not pass through.
“This launch of the First and Last Mile (FLM) Bus Scheme is an important milestone in our quest to achieving the intermodal transport system, which gives our teeming population the choices they deserve, reducing congestion and journey times, and improving the quality of life,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said the FLM Bus Scheme is also about improving and guaranteeing the security of lives and properties of Lagosians.
“You will recall that in February 2020, the State Government restricted the operations of commercial motorcycles (“Okadas”) in six (6) Local Government Areas (LGAs), nine (9) Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), and 10 major highways in the State.
“As a responsible government, we did this in response to two major issues: one, the alarming statistics of fatal accidents recorded from the operations of Okadas in the State between 2016 and 2019, and two, the exploitation of Okadas for the facilitation of crime across the metropolis.”