Lagos plans 24-hour BRT operation, increases street lightning

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos plans 24-hour BRT operation, increases street lightning

Sesan Olufowobi

The Lagos State Government says it is planning a 24-hour operation for the Bus Rapid Transit scheme in the state.

The state government stated that it was the wish of the present administration that BRT buses work at night.

It added that it was intensifying efforts on the state’s Light Up Lagos project, to provide functioning streetlights in every nook and cranny of the state.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, on Wednesday in Ikeja said the efforts being made by the government to make BRT buses operate for 24 hours and provide streetlights everywhere in the state were in line with the campaign promise of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Oluwo said, “Arrangement has been concluded on having BRT buses to work at night once the Light Up Lagos project is completed.

“The intention of government is to light up all highways in the state. In fact, the 114 road reconstruction in the 57 councils in the state will be with walkways and streetlights.

“The light up project is complimentary to the security equipment recently donated to the police. The ultimate goal is that when all the streetlights are on, we will start having BRT buses working at night.

“The governor promised to make Lagos city a 24-hour economy; this is what the project will achieve.”

The commissioner said most major highways and streets had their streetlights working, adding that repairs of streetlights were being carried out in other strategic places.

He noted that places from Berger to Lekki, Ikorodu to the Lagos Island, Ikeja, Victoria Island and Ikoyi, among others, were already enjoying functioning streetlights at night.

It will be recalled that Ambode recently set up an advisory council to make electricity available in Lagos.