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BRT buses: Lagos approves increase in passenger carriage 


BRT buses: Lagos approves increase in passenger carriage 

Lagos State Government has announced on Thursday that regulated high capacity buses in Lagos operated by Primero Transport Services Limited and Lagos Bus Services Limited can now carry 42 passengers seated and no standing.

This is coming after a review of its earlier order which limited commuter occupancy to 21 passengers but still ensures that occupancy is not more than 60 per cent of bus passenger capacity and the review takes effect from today.

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Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mrs Abimbola Akinajo said the government also approved two fare zones for BRT services.

Abimbola said bus services between Ikorodu and Fadeyi will attract a fare of N300 and trips beyond Fadeyi will attract N500.

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She explained that the decision to establish the fare zones was taken following extensive consultation with stakeholders including patrons of the regulated bus services daily.

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She stated that operators must ensure that passengers wear face masks at all times, sanitise their hands with alcohol-based sanitizer or wash with soap under running water before and after each trip.

Besides, she said passengers’ temperature must be taken before being allowed to board.

Operators will be expected to disinfect their vehicles and depots regularly.

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She said operators must ensure bus terminals and bus stops are not overcrowded with passengers and commercial activities, at any point in time, in line with the social distancing protocol for passengers queuing to board buses.


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Edo poll: NEXIM Bank faults PDP over alleged $500m loan



The Nigerian Export-Import Bank has described as untrue claims by the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State that it is planning to give a $500m loan to the All Progressives Congress to fund its campaign in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

The bank, in a statement by Lohya Mamven of the Corporate Communications Department, on Friday said PDP’s claims were false and mischievous, noting that it does not fund political activities under any guise.

The Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party had on Thursday alleged that the National Campaign Council of the APC was planning to seek $500m from NEXIM Bank to fund the September 19 governorship election in the state.

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The party’s publicity secretary in the state, Chris Nehikhare, said in a statement, “This outrageous sum will be converted to a loan and the burden of repayment placed on Edo people.”

However, NEXIM Bank in its response said PDP’s claims were to drag the bank and its management into interparty politics.

The statement read,

“Our attention has been drawn to a statement circulating in some online media calling the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate NEXIM Bank over an alleged plan to give the ruling All Progressives Congress the sum of $500m to conduct governorship elections in Edo State.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Nigeria Export-Import Bank is an agency of government, whose mandate is to promote the diversification of the Nigerian external sector by providing funding and risk-bearing services to the non-oil export sector. In this regard, the bank grants loans to support export-oriented projects only and does not fund political activities under any guise.

“The bank, therefore, considers it a disservice, not only to NEXIM but to the entire country for any individual or group to engage in activities capable of distracting the institution and its management, particularly during this critical period of serious economic challenges.”

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For two years I sold undergarments in Ibadan, Lola Shoneyin reveals



Popular Nigerian poet and author, Lola Shoneyin, has revealed that she sold undergarments in Ibadan, Oyo State from 2002 to 2004.

The founder of Aké Arts and Book Festival revealed the “fun fact” in a tweet on Friday to thank Business Day for a feature article on her.

“I owned an underwear store on Aare Avenue, New Bodija, Ibadan,” wrote the 46-year-old.

Lola added,

“I sold all sorts of undergarments for men, women and children. The store was called ‘Pata-pata’, which always teased a smile from customers as they walked in.”

Born in Ibadan, Lola began formal education in the United Kingdom before completing secondary school at Abadina College in the Oyo State capital. She earned her BA (Hons) degree from Olabisi Onabanjo University.

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Her groundbreaking novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives was published in 2010.

Netflix in June announced a partnership with Mo Abudu to adapt the novel into a series.

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