BRT Fares: Tinubu Gives New Updates As Lagos Commuters Against Increment

Primero Transport Services Limited general manager Fola Tinubu gave a new update on the planned increase in BRT fares in Lagos State, even though state commuters objected to any higher fares which could be proposed, saying that it would make them more difficult to transport.

There have been reports in previous weeks that the operator of the Lagos State Rapid Transit System (BRT), Primero Transport Services, has announced plans to increase fares on all routes in February.

The company’s managing director, Fola Tinubu, is quoted as saying that the proposed increase was the result of increased operating costs.

According to reports, Tinubu had said the company would introduce new fares that will take effect between late February and early March.

In their reactions, commuters interviewed at different BRT terminals said that the proposed increase in BRT tariffs would constitute government action to put them under more stress, saying that this would show that the government is insensitive to the suffering of citizens.

They said that the decision to increase fares would only be accepted if imposed on them, noting that government-owned transport equipment would be no different from private commercial bus operators who increase their fares at will, without worry about the fate of commuters.

They said that many people depend on BRT buses to cut costs due to the level of poverty in the country.

At Terminal 3 of Oshodi BRT, a passerby on her way to Ikorodu, Ms. Shiitu, a teacher at Command Day high school, said: “I get on a BRT bus every day because it is fast and cheap. This makes life easy for many of us who live far from work. If the rates increase as proposed, this will be another challenge for us. We call on the government not to increase the tariffs. ”

A student, Musibau Balikis, said: “If there is an increase in BRT fares, there will be no difference between BRT and commercial buses and people will even prefer commercial buses because they will not have no need to queue as long as it happens. with the BRT.

“If we are in a hurry, instead of waiting for BRT and even preferring to remain standing, this will not happen again. They (BRT operators) should think carefully before doing so. ”

At the Ikeja BRT terminal on Sunday Ogundiran, a regular BRT customer urged the government to intervene quickly so as not to increase the difficulties of the poor masses who depend on BRT buses for transport.

Another commuter, who simply identified herself as Mom Nife, lamented that it would not be fair to raise electricity rates, transportation rates and the like simply because workers’ wages went up.

“The government should think about easing the suffering of the people rather than increasing their burden. This is another difficulty for people when electricity prices go up and transportation prices go up.

“Why are the prices going up now?” Is it because of the minimum wage granted to workers? People should no longer be stressed beyond normal. There are already difficulties in the country, ”she said.

A passenger in the Costain region of Lagos state, Afolabi said the government should not allow such a proposed increase in BRT fares in the interest of the masses.

Michael, who also spoke at the Costain BRT bus stop, said, “Why do they want to raise fares now? It’s not good. It will affect us. It will affect our pockets. ”

Meanwhile, a ticketer at Oshodi Terminal 3, Temitope Salawu, who spoke with DAILY POST, said there was nothing like a rate hike.

He said the company never told those working in passenger ticket terminals that there would be a fare increase at any time.

He analyzed that the highest transport fares currently charged by the BRT bus operator are N200, adding that the fare from Oshodi to Berger is as low as N150.

He also revealed that the company Opay who had just partnered with the operator currently billed as low as N100 to any destination at the Oshodi terminal on Tuesdays and Thursdays as a promo.

He further explained that the company was charging N100 less than what Primero charged on other days.

“For example, while we charge N200 from Oshodi to Ikorodu, Opay charges N100. When we charge N150 to Berger, Opay charges N50. ”

This was confirmed by Opay workers selling tickets at the terminal.

Meanwhile, the general manager of Primero Transport Services Limited, Fola Tinubu, said the company had not yet made a decision on raising the BRT fares.