The easing of the lockdown which had grounded social and economic activities in Lagos has been tainted with flouting of social distancing regulations and other safety guidelines released by the state government.
Our correspondent observed that many commercial buses (danfo) were loaded to full capacity despite Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive that such vehicles must only load 60% of their normal capacity.
In Ikorodu, many private vehicles used for commercial purposes were seen loading their usual passengers. No social distancing was observed between drivers and motor park touts as well. Also, only few of the touts were seen wearing face masks.
A coach seen arriving Ikorodu garage from Odonguyan was loaded to its full capacity.
At bus stops, passengers were seen crowded together and only few had face masks on.
The same was observed at Iponri. Although officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) were seen trying to enforce social distancing, the distance between the passengers was not enough.
Our correspondent in the area said some officials of the state Ministry of Transport were seen impounding fully loaded vehicles.
Some bus conductors told Newsbreak that they have been instructed by the state government and their unions to carry three passengers each on the three rows and one passenger in front. On the other hand, the mini buses (popularly referred to as korope) have been directed to carry two passengers each on the rows of two and one in front.
The transporters were also observed to have hiked their fares. Before the lockdown, transport fare from Ikorodu to Mile 12 and Ketu used to be between 150 and 200 but now costs N300. However BRT buses maintained their normal fare.
In the Iponri-Costain axis of the state, transportation fares remained the same. However from Costain Ikeja, formerly N250, rose to N300.
Also, branches of some banks, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) branch at Idimu and First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch at Ikorodu, were besieged by customers. No social distancing was observed.
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