Impact of the of five shutdown of the nation’s economic nerve centres of Lagos and the relaxation of the Lockdown toll On the Primero Services Limited popularly known as Blue BRT has lead to downsizing of over 400 drivers, 100 buses rollout daily and long Expected time of arrivals of buses at various terminals acccording to our multiple sources
The developments triggered the daily huge crowd along the BRT corridors coupled with the 21 passengers loading instead of the full capacity carrying: 42 sitting, 43 to 48 standing passengers.
Unlike the yellow commercial buses that complied with goverment directives carried less passengers and make triple profit campared the cheapest Blue BRT almost with zero increment of fair.
For instance from Ikorodu BRT terminal to TBS is #300 going through the blue buses fastline While commercial buses charges between #1000 to #1500. Consequently, the BRT is running at loss.
Kosofe Post, learnt that the Lagos State Government is not providing any form of subsidy to operator of this services that had provided comfort and moved thousands of Lagosians daily.
These reported contributed to the diplomatic stay at home directives recently given by the Management of Primero Transport Service Limited led by Mr. Fola Tinubu to the hundreds of drivers pending the time the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic reduced to the bearest minimal level. However, Kosofe Post, inside source disclosed that it’s a tactical downsizing approach.
Long queue and none availability of buses has now caused serious untold hardship, daily fights among the commmuters and the security personnel around the Terminals appeared helpless.
These coupled with the failed sections of the road provided the required thunder for the bomb to explode as it created huge surge and new price dynamics for the yellow busses with failure of the National Road Union of Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos State under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, The Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Lagos Branch, on Tuesday, chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Musa controlling the hike in transportation fair as promised despite the reduction in the Petrol pump price.
Over 420 drivers, others owing salary reportedly ordered by Blue BRT to stay at home last week.
In coming weeks, commuters must understand all these developments by finding alternative means of moving around the state if necessary. While the Lagos State Government, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport (LAMATA) and Primero Services Limited should do the needful to ameliorate the suffering of Lagosians currently at the mercy of yellow buses of under the transport unions.
Screen at Ikorodu BRT terminal on Friday