By Dipo Olowookere
A popular ride-hailing platform, Bolt, has revealed that in 2022, it had more than 200,000 pick-ups at the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, making the route the most famous pick-up location in Nigeria.
In its 2022 Bolt wrap-up, which gives an insight into how its users interacted with the platform, the company said in the year under review, Shoprite Ikeja City Mall was the most renowned destination in Lagos alone, with over 122,000 drops.
However, Wuse Market Road, Abuja, was the most popular destination in Nigeria, with over 130,000 drop-offs, while the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, came second with over 124,000 drops.
The Bolt wrap-up shows interesting information like the city in Nigeria that use Bolt the most to move around, popular request locations and destinations, and even famous delicacies in Nigeria, according to Bolt Food.
Business Post learned that the most popular day on the platform was Children’s Day, celebrated on May 27 on Bolt, while for Bolt Food, June 22 was the most popular day, with Refuel Spicy Rice Meal the most popular delicacy on the food platform.
On a city level, Abuja is the hit city with the highest number of rides in Nigeria. Abuja is probably the reason why the 2022 Children’s Day celebration was the most popular day for Bolt in Nigeria because over 90,000 rides were ordered on that day in Abuja alone.
It is unclear what number of trips were ordered in other states, but Children’s Day was not the most popular day in Lagos. The most popular day in Lagos was May 6. It is unclear what was happening that day, but over 120,000 rides were ordered, and in Calabar and Owerri, February 14 was the highest day, with over 10,000 rides each
A look at tips given to Bolt drivers showed that Port Harcourt had the highest tip with N25,000, Owerri was next with N19,400, and the third was Yenagoa with N10,700.
Last year, some riders used the platform almost 1,000 times to commute to different destinations. In Lagos, the highest rider used the platform over 1,200 times, making them the highest in Nigeria. Port Harcourt was over 1,100, and then Owerri with over 980 rides from one rider.
On the Bolt Food platform, Beef was the most popular dish in Lagos, where it currently operates, with almost 3,000 orders.
Passengers Stranded as Abuja-Kaduna Train Derails
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train were stranded on Friday in the Kubwa area of Abuja when the train conveying them derailed.
According to reports, the incident happened a few distances to its destination at about 3:20 pm and left the passengers frustrated.
Today’s derailment occurred barely a week after 300 stranded passengers on the Warri-Itakpe train missed its track in Kogi State.
In the latest incident, there were no reports of casualties, though the exact reason for the derailment is still sketchy.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), which manages rail transportation in the country, was yet to give an update on the situation.
The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari revamped the rail system in the country. Loans were taken from China to build rail tracks to ease the movement of people from one point to another.
Airtel Supports Police for Safety of Lagos Road Users
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
As part of its commitment to support the activities of the police in ensuring the coordination and safety of Lagos road users, Airtel Nigeria has donated some traffic booths.
According to the Commissioner of Police for the Lagos Police Command, Mr Abiodun Alabi, the booths will be placed in strategic locations across the state to serve as an inspiration to other organisations to support the police in the discharging of their duties.
At a brief ceremony to hand over the items at the Lagos State Police headquarters, Ikeja, on Thursday, January 19, 2023, Mr Alabi thanked the telecommunications service provider for the gesture, recounting previous support over the years.
Some of which included the donation of phones to all police commissions in Lagos, donation of patrol vehicles, renovation of Zone 2 Command, renovation of Lekki Phase 1 Police post and the provision of CCTV cameras, etc.
“On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Alkali Baba Usman, and the Lagos State Police Command, I would like to thank Airtel for their support to the Nigeria Police over the years and for this particular donation of traffic booths for our traffic officers through its corporate social responsibility.
“Not everyone or every organisation appreciates what the police does for society; therefore, we are pleased to see that Airtel recognizes and supports our effort to carry out our duties optimally,” he said.
Also speaking, the Director of Corporate Communications at Airtel Nigeria, Mr Femi Adeniran, said, “Over the years, Airtel Nigeria has worked closely with the Lagos Police Command, and we have collaborated on several initiatives with a positive impact towards making Lagos a safer and more secured State to live in and do business.
“We are firm in our resolve to drive the vision of Airtel Africa towards sustainability consistently, and we consistently work to demonstrate this in our deeds through our CSR interventions.
“We are always glad to support the police force in the great work they do daily because we understand that once there is security, people can live and make ends meet without fear, and that is the only way we can say that we have a good society.”
Traffic Gridlock: Lagos Directs Petrol Stations to Close by 4pm
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Petrol stations located along the major roads in Lagos will now operate from 9 am to 4 pm daily, the Lagos State government has directed.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, explained that the move was to curtail the traffic gridlock witnessed around such fuelling stations in the metropolis.
The incessant scarcity of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, in the city and other parts of Nigeria has caused vehicles to queue for the product, causing a clog in vehicular movement.
Most of the queues are seen around petrol stations belonging to major oil marketers because of their pump price. At the moment, most of them sell at the official price of N169 per litre, while other fuelling stations sell between N240 per litre and N260 per litre.
The quest to buy cheaper fuel has forced most motorists to queue for many hours at stations selling the official pump price.
To address traffic caused by the queues and ensure the free flow of vehicular movement in the metropolis, the state government has moved to “regulate the activities of major and independent petroleum marketers operating along major roads and traffic-prone areas within the state,” according to the statement.
Mr Oladeinde said the state government was not happy with the “indiscriminate activities of motorists queuing to buy petroleum products and often impeding the free flow of traffic on some roads.”
He said the government has now decided to ensure that, “petroleum marketers whose filling stations are situated on major highways and areas susceptible to traffic will henceforth be allowed to operate only between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm daily, pending when the fuel shortage crisis subsides.”
The Commissioner added that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Transport Operations Compliance Unit (TOCU) and other law enforcement agencies have been charged to ensure a seamless flow of traffic across the State.
Mr Oladeinde urged “all major and independent petroleum marketers operating across the state to comply with the directive to avoid sanctions.”
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