In an effort to curb the fast-spreading coronavirus, Primero Transport Services Limited which is the manager of the Lagos BRT has urged commuters to adopt electronic payments over cash during the pandemic.
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The Lagos BRT manager also made a disclosure that Sterling Bank which is its partner has expressed a readiness to produce e-cards to all commuters for free. It also added that it had started a daily routine of sterilizing all the surfaces on the inside and outside of each BRT bus.
While speaking about this proposed system in a recent press interview, Mr Segun Anako, the G.M of operations at Primero, said;
“the firm has provided hand sanitisers for our passengers, and in addition, all our bus drivers, inspectors and ticketing officers would always be required to wear protective masks and gloves.”
“in ongoing discussions with Lagos State to facilitate daily disinfection of the bus stops.”
“We are encouraging the use of electronic cards for payment on our buses against cash and paper ticket. This will help in minimising the spread of the virus as this is higher through cash and paper.”
In this same press interview, Mr Kelechi Nwaoba – the Group Head of Transportation Banking & Corporate Solutions at Sterling Bank said;
“We feel that at the present stage we are now, it is important to keep everyone safe. That’s why we are providing the e-card free of charge. All the passengers need to do is just to load the account with cash and pay at the point of entry which is operated electronically.
“The machine is already installed on all the 235 buses on the road. Our agents will be at each bus station to assist passengers to download the apps and subsequently, in payment of fares.”
At this point, it is obvious that Nigerians should start preparing to accept newer developments such as electronic payments for bus services and also newer technologies like the recently launched commercial electric vehicle in Nigeria.
Even though many questions usually spring up concerning how ready Nigeria is for electric cars, the fact still remains that some of these technologies are fast becoming impossible to ignore. They might seem impossible to adopt or use efficiently in Nigeria at first, but a trial might just be all we need to figure out how we can improve to make it work.
Check out this video below when a former Nigerian senator unveiled an electric car for official use:
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