From reports reaching us on Naijauto, Lagos State commuters last Wednesday have shown their dissatisfaction over the proposed increment of BRT fares, by the Primero Transport Services, the official operator of Lagos Bus Rapid Transit.
The operator believes it will be very challenging providing better and quality services with the current BRT fares
From what we also learned, the intention of the BRT operator for an upward review of farse across every route was disclosed on Tuesday in the state in order to meet up with the present realities.
Mr. Fola Tinubu, who happens to be the Managing Director of the company, revealed to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the present transport fares were not enough to provide people in the state with better and quality services.
Tinubu said the operating cost of these buses has gone up to the extent that it is giving the company a problem of survival and sustainability of the operations.
The commuters within the state have expressed strong dissatisfaction towards the sudden proposed increased of BRT fares
According to the commuters, this move was the peak of insensitivity on the government part to consider making such huge profits off the poor masses.
An online marketer, Mrs. Bose Ogbonne, disclosed:
“It does not make sense at all. People use BRT because it is cheap. We wait for long, queuing up for buses to arrive.
“So if there is no significant difference between the BRT and commercial buses’ fare, we will not wait for them again.
“If we are in a hurry, instead of waiting for the BRT and even preferring standing, that will not happen again. They (BRT operators) should think well before doing so.”
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Another female commuter within the state identified as Mummy Sadiq revealed the unfairness on the part of the government to increase transport fares, electricity tariffs and other services enjoyed in the state, especially since the increment in the workers’ salaries.
In the past, cheaper fares are the reason why commuters choose BRT buses
“Government should think of alleviating the suffering of the people rather than add to their burdens. This is another hardship coming up to people when electricity tariffs are increased and transport fares jump up.
“Why the increase in fares now? Is it because of the minimum wage given to workers? People should not be stressed beyond normal again. There is hardship in the land already,”
Mr. Michael Ajayi, who is a student, made it known that if truly the state government has the public interest at heart; it shouldn’t allow the increment of the BRT fares. While speaking at the Costain BRT Bust-stop, the commuter said:
“Why do they want to increase the fares now. This is not good. It will affect us. It will affect our pockets.”
Mr. Olanrewaju Dunmiju, a cleric, while commenting on the proposed BRT fare increase, uttered:
“I know this proposed increase if hatched finally, is going to affect a lot of people because BRT is the last hope for so many poor masses.
“Some people cannot afford other commercial bushes, that is why you see them queuing up even in the sun to use the BRT.
“I will advise the government to think over this and support the operators if they are finding it difficult to operate with the current fares.”
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