In a bid to beat the rush hour and also get to their various destinations early today, Monday, January 22, 2018, Lagos Mainland residents were faced with the difficulty of getting commercial buses owing to the long queues witnessed at the filling stations across the Mainland.
In addition, Lagos Mainland residents were made to battle with a 100% fare increase in an attempt to use the commercial transport system to get to their intended destinations.
This is coming less than 48 hours after InsideMainland reported the long queues evident across filling stations on the Lagos Mainland and other parts of Lagos State.
Earlier today, residents commuting from Ikeja Under Bridge to Maryland had to pay N100 instead of the regular N50 as bus fare. Similarly, Ikorodu residents during the rush hour earlier today paid N200 from the popular Ikorodu garage to Ketu instead N100 to use the yellow danfo buses.
In addition, Keke Marwa fares from Ogba witnessed a N50 increase from N100 to N150 leading to complaints from the commuters who usually use the route to access their various work places.
Also, fare was increased from N250 to N350 by transport operators plying the Ogba – Obalende, Ogba – CMS routes.
However, the increase did not affect the red BRT buses and the white luxurious buses that ply the Ikorodu – Oshodi, Ikorodu – Obalende and Ikorodu – CMS routes. Moreso, fare rates from Yaba – Maryland, Yaba – Ikeja, Ojota – Yaba, Ojota – Ojuelegba among others remained same as at press time.
Meanwhile, residents have thronged some filling stations along the Ikeja, Maryland, Alausa and Agege axes of Lagos to join the long queue for fuel. This is because of the shortage in supply of fuel to majority of petrol stations in the axis with only leading petrol stations selling fuel at the moment.
Speaking on this development, a commuter, Isaac Adedeji told InsideMainland that the bus drivers are inconsiderate considering their decision to increase fare just few hours after the shortage of fuel became knowledge.
“They (drivers) are inconsiderate. They are the major problem faced by commuters because they are less concerned about the pocket and feelings of the commuters. All they worry about is their own income.
“They find joy in increasing bus fares astronomically at any given opportunity. They are happier when there is traffic or fuel scarcity,” he said.
While the struggle to get fuel at filling stations across the Lagos Mainland continues, the black market operators continue to trade fuel in jerry cans at exorbitant prices to desperate motorists.