There was pandemonium in Ikorodu axis of Lagos State earlier today, Monday, November 7, 2016, after staff of LAGBUS (red rapid transport buses) protested the Lagos State Government’s ban on them from plying the Ikorodu Road route. During the process, commuters were seen stranded on different bus stations along the usually busy Ikorodu Road.
It was learnt that about 20 Primero Buses (blue) were vandalized while some buses were prevented from working around Ikorodu bus stations during the protest. Also, LAGBUS drivers and ticketers were seen displaying leaves on at the BRT us terminal in Majidun Ikorodu. As a result, there was presence of heavy traffic gridlock from Majidun to Agric Bus Stop and other connecting roads in the axis.
InsideMainland gathered that the protesting staff of LAGBUS took to the streets today owing to the decision of the LASG to ban them from plying Ikorodu Road which takes full effect today. The information we learnt was conveyed to the LAGBUS authorities on Friday, November 4, 2016.
Furthermore, the protest has led to a hike in transport fares along Ikorodu Road by the yellow commercial (danfo) buses. The cost of transport from Ojota to Yaba usually charged at N150 has been pushed to N300 by the yellow commercial buses while the queue for Blue BRT buses continues to increase as a result of rush by commuters at Ojota and Maryland axes of Ikorodu Road.
Speaking on the ban, the acting Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Anofiu Elegushi, said that “the restriction does not extend to charter staff buses run by LAGBUS, does not preclude access to depot along Ikorodu road and express services are allowed with only few designated stops.”
He added that “all routes from Ikorodu hinterland will now terminate at TOS Benson bus stop after which there will be no loading of passengers. However, the operations of LAGBUS buses have been moved to other 14 routes identified by the Lagos State Metropolitan Transport Master plan.”