Some Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) passengers have voiced their complaints about the increase in transportation costs.
The increase of N100 on all BRT routes was authorized by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to offset the rise in operational costs, like as diesel and spare parts.
The price increase started on July 13.
Saka Lawal, a printer who lives in Ikorodu and works at Fadeyi, claimed that the state government ought to have solicited public input before implementing the decision.
Mr. Lawal, a frequent user of the BRT, claimed that before the decision was made, they had been in communication with the administration over WhatsApp for more than a month.
According to him, some passengers found the amount to be excessive, and there was concern that other commercial buses might follow suit and raise their costs as a result.
Mr. Lawal encouraged the government to provide more buses, particularly at Ikorodu, to address the issue of long lines that cause many people to arrive at work late every day.
“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.
A banker on Lagos Island named Adewale Johnson thought the N100 increase was fair.
However, he asserted that there ought to be more buses in order to minimize the crowding at the bus stops.
Toyin Ayilara, a driver between Abule-Egba and Oshodi, claimed that the increase would have an impact on her daily budget as a trader.
She encouraged the government to purchase more buses as well.
Yekini Sanusi, a rug trader in Itire, also said that he had paid an N600 BRT top-up on his Cowry card, but that after waiting in line for three hours, he eventually boarded other commercial buses.
“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, the government refused to reduce the fare and increase the numbers in the buses and now they increased fare with N100,” Mr Sanusi said.
He begged the state administration to change the fare because there were many issues facing the nation that the average citizen was suffering from.
Mary Emeka, a tailor at Tejuosho Market who lives in Ojo, begged the government to add additional buses to the route that runs along the Ojo-CMS axis.