I‘ll employ graduates as drivers, pay N100,000 – gov-elect pledges

LAGOS State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says he will rid Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) of reckless driving by employing graduates as drivers and adding more dignity to the work.

Sanwo-Olu spoke during an interactive session with his classmates at the Executive Master of Business Administration class, University of Lagos, 1998/2000 set.

Sanwo-Olu

The forum held a “Congratulatory Dinner Reception,” in Sanwo-Olu’s honour at Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi, where they presented to him a policy document, containing their ideas and suggestions on some of what Sanwo-Olu could do in office to have a successful tenure.

In specific terms, the classmates asked Sanwo-Olu how he would address the recklessness of some of the BRT bus drivers.

He said, “The BRT issue is something that has to do with culture. When we take over, by the Grace of God, we will advertise and see if we can employ some of our graduates as drivers.

“What I realised is that apart from the money we will be paying them, which is more than what they are paying an average graduate, we need to very quickly tell our people and encourage ourselves that there is dignity in work. We are going to be paying (them) between N80,000 and N100,000 to come and drive these buses because we expect a lot more decency.

“By the time we get the culture of the drivers’ right, the routes are coming up, by the time we finish the Abule-Egba/Iyana Ipaja/Ikeja route, it will boost the number of BRT (buses).”

According to Sanwo-Olu, Lagos could one day adopt technology to upgrade and model the BRT ticketing system after what is obtainable in the United Kingdom.

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