On Sunday, 17th July, 2022, Nigerian citizens, especially those that are regular users of the Bus Rapid Transit, also known as BRT transport in Lagos, shared their opinions about the N100 increase in the transportation fee which took effect on Wednesday, 13th July, 2022, according to premium times.
They expressed their feelings in different interviews organized by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to premium times, NAN reports that Governor Babajide Sanwo–Olu approved the N100 increase on all routes that the BRT passes through, to cover the unpalatable increase in operational costs, such as diesel and vehicle parts.
According to premium times, a printer known as Saka Lawal, who lives in Ikorodu and goes to work at Fadeyi, stated that the government should have considered the sentiments of the people before they finally implemented the uncomfortable change.
Mr Saka, who claims to be a regular BRT user, said for over a month. they had been speaking to the state government through their WhatsApp before the final outcome.
He said the increase in transport fares was significant for many people and they were concerned about other commercial buses mimicking the actions of the BRT therefore, increasing their bus fares as well.
He suggested that the state government provides more buses, especially around Ikorodu, to avoid overwhelming queues that make many day to day commuters get to the office late.
“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,” he said.
Another regular BRT passenger, Toyin Ayilara, a trader who goes from Abule-Egba to Oshodi, said the the increase would affect her daily budget.
She also suggested that government gets more buses.
Mary Emeka, a tailor at Tejuosho market who resides at Ojo begged the government to provide more buses to take the Ojo-CMS routes.(NAN).