As Lagos declares free BRT service for two days


Abiodun OBA


Nigerians are to enjoy free train rides from Dec.24 to Jan 4, 2022 in the spirit of the season.

Mr Fidet Okhiria,  Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC)  disclosed this in an interview on Friday in Abuja.

”The decision which was made in collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation, is to ease movement of citizens during the yuletide.

”This is to help ease the cost of transportation and enable citizens move easily enjoy the festive period.

”Passengers are however advised to ensure they obtain their tickets from appropriate quarters at no cost, to enable them gain access and enter the trains.

” All passengers are also enjoined to observe and obey COVID-19 rules by wearing of face mask, washing and sanitising of hands. “

He also reiterated the federal government’s commitment to ensure the safety of passengers and trains during the period.

Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has approved free rides on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors on Christmas and New Year days for all residents.

That means bus services on Saturday 25 December and Saturday 1 January, 2022 will be free, in celebration of the festive season.

Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Abimbola Akinajo, said the free commuter bus services are being offered to Lagosians in the spirit of joy, love and peace which the festive season signifies.

According to her, the Sanwo-Olu led administration is committed to ensuring the execution of the Strategic Transport Master Plan via the Multimodal Transport System currently taking shape through water transportation and the ongoing Blue and Red Lines rail projects.

“The Governor has given his promise for the commencement of passenger operations on the first two phases of the State’s rail lines – Blue and Red.

“He has demonstrated his commitment to the completion of both rail lines by sourcing funds for their completion and provision of rolling stock.

“What is therefore expected of Lagosians is to support him towards the realisation of the Greater Lagos vision”, Mrs. Akinajo stated.

The Managing Director expressed the Lagos State Government’s gratitude for the patience and perseverance the citizenry has shown in the face of the discomfort accompanied with the construction of transport infrastructure, assuring that consistent and spirited efforts are being made to improve public transport and traffic management

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