Primero Transport Services Limited said it has put in place all safety measures to protect its customers and staff, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease.
The transport company pointed out in a statement at the weekend, that was signed by its Managing Director, Fola Tinubu, that the world was fully awake to the reality that the COVID-19 had been declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be a Global Pandemic, owing to its fast spread across the continents.
Tinubu noted that development had shown that Nigeria was not insulated from the effects of the virus as there have been 27 confirmed cases recorded in the country.
He commended the Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Government under the leadership of the Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for all their efforts in making the safety of Lagosians top priority.
“For us at Primero, the safety of our customers and staff is very important to us because, we recognise that the service we offer forms an essential part of driving the economy of the state.
“Earlier this month, WHO released guidelines to help curb the spread of the virus. Lagos State Government, in response, issued its own directives aimed at ensuring public safety.
“We at Primero, are alert and closely monitoring developments and are aligning with and obeying all directives issued by our government, national health agencies and global health bodies.
“As we continue to ensure there are no disruptions in our service delivery, we have also put in place some precautionary measures to safeguard our customers and staff.
“These include disinfecting all of our buses daily before they commence operations making them devoid of any germs or virus whatsoever,” he explained.
According to him, the BRT bus drivers, inspectors and ticketing officers are now required to wear protective masks and gloves.
“In addition, prior to commencing operations, temperature of each staff will be checked with a digital hand thermometer. Any staff found with above normal temperatures will be asked to get a medical clearance before they can return to work.
“The Lagos state Government has also placed a restriction on the number of persons gathering in public spaces to 50 people at any given time to control and curb the spread of the virus.
“In compliance with this, we have reduced the maximum number of customers allowed on the bus to 50 or less. This translates to 42 passengers seating and eight standing. We are appealing to all our commuters to work with our staff and cooperate with our ticketers to ensure that we keep the passenger numbers at the recommended limits,” he added.
According to Tinubu, with the sheer amount of people at the bus shelters at any one time, “we have begun discussions with Lagos State to have the bus shelters disinfected daily. It is our hope that we come to some form of agreement soon so we can commence.
“The safety of our customers and our staff would require our collective effort, collaboration and patience. We recognise that some of these measures may reduce the overall number of buses available for service, but we believe that these are necessary measures to ensure the safety of all concerned.”