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Gbajabiamila launches second transport scheme

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, has launched the second edition of the GbajaRide community transportation initiative.

This is particularly to ease the movement of residents and students in Surulere, Lagos State, occasioned by the ongoing currency swap policy and fuel scarcity.

At the launch in Lagos, Gbajabiamila announced that a total of 15 medium-sized buses with a 26+1 capacity and 20 air-conditioned 18-seat buses were earmarked for the transportation scheme.

He explained that, the two different sets of buses would commute an estimated 5,000 Surulere residents and 2,000 students on daily trips. “GbajaRide is part of the relief designed to provide transportation service for the people of Surulere at a discounted rate”.

“We must commend the government of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for the rollout plans to ease the pains Lagosians go through during this period”.

“While GbajaRide will be moving residents of Surulere at a discounted rate, the transport service will move all our secondary school students, teachers and residents of age 75 and above from designated bus stops in Surulere free of charge.”

“The GbajaRide transport service in partnership with Lagos State Government will key into existing rules of engagement of LAMATA on routes and operations that will meet the transportation needs of the people of Surulere.”

The Speaker said, learning from the first phase, GbajaRide was now structured under a proper management service that would run the new service in partnership with the Lagos State Government and with the cooperation of members of the Lagos State Park and Garage Administrators.

Gbajabiamila noted that as the representative of his people, he had a good understanding of the current hardship and discomfort being faced by many Nigerians, including his constituents.

The GbajaRide scheme was first launched in June 2018, when the Speaker was serving as the House Leader in the 8th Assembly. It kicked off with 30 brand new buses, 160 motorcycles, and 25 tricycles, used to empower and ease the movement of residents of Surulere.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; editing by Julian Osamoto