As normalcy gradually returns to Lagos State after 12 days of persistent End SARS protest across the state, hundreds of commuters have become stranded following the burning of some Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses at the Oyingbo and Berger axis of the state.
There were no BRT buses plying Ikorodu Road, leaving many commuters stranded.
A similar situation was faced by those in Oyingbo axis, where the bus terminal was locked.
Alternatively, there were non-BRT buses available for the commuters that came out. However, the fares were increased.
Some of the commuters lamented the burning of the buses.
They pleaded with the government to act fast and rebuild the terminal to make life easier.
A civil engineer, Rasheed Ganiyu, said he was unable to get a bus to work.
“I had to call my boss to tell him I wouldn’t be able to make it to work. I’m glad that he is an understanding person,” he said.
The yellow-painted commercial buses and some private vehicle owners came to the rescue.
“There are no buses to drive; will there still be jobs for us?” a driver asked.
Another driver who simply gave his name as Segun was optimistic that once government officials fixed the charred vehicles or bought another set, everything would be back to normal.
Segun, however, was not sure how soon it would be.
“It is sad that we have to go through this; although we don’t know how long it will take for us to be back on track,” he said.
Another commuter, Moses Ayegba, a private auditor, decried the burning of the buses.
“We expect that fares will begin to increase. We have not recovered from the economic downturn due to the pandemic; now paying through our noses for transportation is a lot to deal with,” he said.
George Nyedirike, a manager of a synthetic hair manufacturing company, said many more people do not have alternatives.Follow us on social media