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OBus, OPay’s public bus service, suspends intra-city operations in Lagos

OPay which has been running a public bus service — OBus, has reportedly suspended the operations. The limited route service which has been in its beta testing for close to four months, has gained a lot of interests amongst commuters within the city but in the same breathe had peculiar difficulties with competitions within the state.

The buses have been running routes in Lagos which inludes: Alausa to sand-fill (VI) and back, Oshodi to Sabo and back, Ikeja along to Mile-2 and back amongst others. But they are no longer visible on these routes. According to the source, officials of the  National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos chapter, and area boys have made operations quite difficult for the drivers even with security personnel on board.

Before now, there have been reported cases of louts preventing OBuses from making stops for pickups at some bus terminals along their routes.

In what looked like a disruption of public bus service in Lagos at launch, OBus, in the process of bus procurement, maintenance, and  staff recruitment, may have had huge operating costs which our source claims could not be maintained over time.

There are however insinuations of mismanagement of funds by the third party operators of the fleet.

Since launching in May 2018, OPay has continued to work towards the realisation of its super app ambition after getting a huge boost of $50 million in funding early this year. In addition to transport, food, and utilities payment options, it has included investment and loan services on the platform.

The organisation has not made any official release on this suspension.

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