By Chuks Ekpeneru
Mr. Fola Tinubu, managing director of Primero Transport Services Ltd., operator of the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has given reasons why it is increasing fare across all routes.
Primero had announced that from Friday May 29, it was increasing fares with the permission of the regulator (Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).
“Everywhere commuters are paying N200 for a trip, it is going to be N300 and everywhere commuters are paying N300 per trip, it is going to be N500,” Mr Fola Tinubu, the company’s Managing Director said.
“We are increasing our fares. We have secured permission of the regulator (Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).
Earlier, the BRT operator had withdrawn its services since Monday over losses occasioned by COVID-19 new transport guidelines that mandated it to commute only 20 passengers per trip instead of 70
According to him, the firm understands the plight of the people and the economic situation, but the step became imperative to keep serving the commuters diligently and to provide a world class service for them.
“We are doing this not to punish anybody or to victimise anybody but because the circumstances we found ourselves forced us to do it.
“We need to make sure the company is on a sound financial footing, and if we don’t do this, the buses will not be available in the long run and there will be no way for us to fix buses and bring new buses.
“The business must be on a solid financial footing. Without this, the company cannot survive, and if the company does not survive, it will even cost commuters more in the long run.”