CEM REPORT | Several users of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) transport in Lagos have lamented over the increase in fare of the service.
Lagos State government recently approved the increase of N100 on all routes of the BRT which took effect on July 13.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had approved the increase noting that it will supplement the increase in operational costs, such as diesel and spare parts.
NAN in separate interviews with BRT commuters in Lagos reports that:
A printer, Saka Lawal, who resides in Ikorodu and works at Fadeyi, said the state government should have listened to the opinion of the people before the final implementation.
Lawal, who is a regular BRT passenger, said they had been discussing with the government through their WhatsApp platform for more than a month before the final outcome.
He expressed fear that other commercial buses would follow suit and increase their prices which will further increase the cost of living for many.
Lawal urged the government to provide additional buses, especially at Ikorodu, to solve the problem of long queues which make many get to the office late daily.
“We understand that diesel is costly and not available at some filling stations but government should upgrade their standard and reduce queues at various bus-stops of BRT.”
Also, a rug seller at Itire, Yekini Sanusi, said he had purchased a N600 BRT top-up on the Cowry card, but ended up boarding other commercial buses after waiting in the queue for three hours.
“We are not satisfied with the increment, it used to be N300 from Ikorodu to CMS or Costain, during the heat of COVID-19 but it was increased to N500 while observing the social distancing.
“After the period, government refused to reduce the fare and increase the numbers in the buses and now they increased fare with N100,”.
He pleaded with the state government to reverse the fare, as the country was facing a lot that was affecting the common people.
A tailor at Tejuosho market who resides at Ojo, Mary Emeka, pleaded with government to get more buses to ply the Ojo-CMS axis.
Adewale Johnson, a banker on Lagos Island, said the N100 increment was reasonable.
He, however, said there should be more buses to reduce the crowd at the bus stops to the barest minimum.
Toyin Ayilara, a trader who plies Abule-Egba to Oshodi, said the increment would affect her daily budget.
She also urged the government to get more buses.