By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
The Lagos State Government has concluded arrangement to provide free bus service for the residents of the state during the Sallah festival aimed at making the festival smooth and stress-free.
The free bus service was announced at a media briefing atÂ Ikeja, by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, along with Managing Directors of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (LAMATA) and LAGBUS Asset Management Limited, Dr. Dayo MobereolaÂ and Mr. Tunde Disu, respectively.
According to Bamidele, the gesture which is usually done since inception of the present administration, was part of social responsibility of the government during the festive period and a way of giving back to tax payers their money value.
He said the free service would be provided specifically on Friday, adding that over 300 buses from the fleet of LAMATA and LAGBUS would be made available, especially for Muslims that would be going to the praying ground.
Mobereola and Disu said over 300,000 people were expected to be conveyed during the festive period, adding that all safety precautions had been put in place by the state government to ensure maximum safety of the residents.
Some of the areas which the free services would be available include Iyana-Ipaja-Igando, Ikotun, Ikorodu, CMS, Maryland among others.
Wishing Muslim faithful a splendid Sallah celebration, the government also used the opportunity to reiterate the secularity status of Nigeria, saying all religions would be accorded all privileges deserved.
Meanwhile, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has launched the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
He equally gave a grant of over N3 million to 15 Community Development Committees (CDCs), aimed at assisting member of the communities in their quick response to emergency situations and for rehabilitation of someÂ infrastructure in their communities.