The Primero Transport Services Limited, operator of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), on Monday, March 23; commenced daily sterilisation of all surfaces within and without its buses to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The General Manager (Operations) of the firm; Mr Segun Anako, said this at a news conference jointly addressed by him and the Managing Director of the firm, Mr Fola Tinubu in Lagos.
According to him, the company is aware of the safety concerns of all Nigerians regarding the COVID-19 virus.
“What we have done as an organisation is to contract Infinity Services to carry out a thorough cleaning and sterilisation of all surfaces within and outside our buses; to ensure that they are free from viruses and germs.
“We have provided hand sanitizers that will be available to our passengers; and in addition, all our bus drivers, inspectors and ticketing officers will always be required to wear protective masks and gloves.
“Daily temperature checks of all staff will be embarked upon before commencing operations and any staff found with above-normal temperatures will be asked to get medical clearance before resumption duties.
“We are also discussing with the state government to facilitate daily disinfection of the BRT bus-stops,” Anako said.
The general manager urged commuters to swift to the use of electronics cards for payment of fares; instead of cash and paper tickets to further reduce the risks of transmitting the virus.
“We are encouraging the use of electronic cards for payment on our BRT buses against cash and paper tickets.
“This will help in minimising the spread of the virus as contracting the virus is higher through cash and paper,” he said.
Anako called on all well-meaning Lagos residents to support the efforts of the state government; in ensuring that the virus did not spread further through human interactions and contact.
He urged passengers to ensure that they comply with the Lagos State Government’s directive; of not more than 50 persons in any gathering.
The general manager urged commuters to ensure that they practice the social distancing technique; of keeping a space of at least a metre between themselves and the next person in the queue.