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COVID-19: Lagos Bus Services scraps standing arrangement in BRT



The Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL) Saturday scrapped the standing arrangement in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme in a bid to check the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

A statement issued by the company’s Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Afolabi Olawale, said the decision was in line with the state government’s directive to limit public gatherings to 50 across the state.

The statement quoted the Managing Director of LBSL, Mr. Idowu Oguntona, as saying the company would ensure total compliance of the new directive.

He said: “As efforts are being made globally to contain the spread of COVID-19, LBSL in conformity with the state government’s directives to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people will henceforth restrict passengers from standing in all its buses.

“Prior to the index case of COVID-19 in the state and the subsequent directive from the state government, the company has always maintained high hygienic practices in all its buses.

“In view of the current reality of the COVID-19 outbreak, the company has started taking some more stringent decisions as part of efforts to contain and limit the spread of the virus.

“Based on our usual operating standards, we would pay more attention to the cleaning of our buses. As we speak, we have enhanced our cleaning regime to ensure that all surfaces within our buses are properly disinfected, including the handrails, hand poles, seats, drivers’ cabin and dashboards.”

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The LBSL chief insisted that the company was putting in place necessary parameters to check the possible spread of the virus.

He added: “As we speak now, protective gears are being provided for all our staff that are interacting with commuters. The use of sanitisers in all our stations is now continuous, this is in addition to infrared thermometers that are being deployed at the company headquarters and across our stations and depots.

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