The Lagos State Government has said it would discontinue the 50 per cent discount on transport services starting from Sunday (today).
The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, in a statement posted on its official X handle on Saturday, said from Monday, the fares would return to their previous rates.
However, several residents have expressed their displeasure over the announcement, noting that the hike in petrol and commodity prices still burdens citizens.
Following the outcry over the astronomical rise in PMS and diesel prices, on July 31, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced a 50 per cent reduction in the fares charged by transport services, adding that modalities had been put in place by the informal transportation sector, especially the yellow buses, to slash their charges by 25 per cent.
Sanwo-Olu stated that this move, which came into effect on August 2, was part of the palliatives offered by the state to cushion the hike in the prices of goods and services due to petrol subsidy removal.
Reacting to the decision to revert to old fares, a Lagos resident and Twitter user, Oyetola Oluwaseun said,” This is insensitive to the current situation in the country and the state. @jidesanwoolu, @officialABAT. The only way the majority actually benefit from the government’s palliatives. Kindly reconsider this decision it is anti-people and is very consequential.”
@Ehi in his own reaction noted, “Why why why 😭😭😭😭😩😩😩😩 this is not good at all @jidesanwoolu
..Is not even up to 50% but we still love it..
this BRT is the only thing 99% of Lagos hustlers enjoys..
PLS DON’T INCREASE IT😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😩😭😭
To Qamarudeen @Qamarhage1. “@jidesanwoolu this news is coming when many have not yet found their foot on the current economic situation of the country, taking off the rebate and a subsequent increase in fare is like the rebate was a trap for the masses and likely to bring hardship on everyone.
On his own part, Ebunola Shadrach @EbunolaShadrac1 submitted, “I don’t think this should come out at this time, Nigerians are still suffering the fuel matter, Lagos state government ease the tension a bit, buy rebating the price is not going to do any good, rather I see more harm in advance”
Adimabua Francis@franconerro “This is like the only thing the people enjoy from the government in this fuel wahala times and now they want to take it away. Shame 😔
Eze Andy @ezeandydiplomat said, “What do we expect? The Supreme Court has given you people the go-ahead to finish Nigerians. How can you remove the rebate when petrol still sells at #650 and diesel sells #1,300 per litre, and you’re happy to announce to us that rebate has ended? God will you all”
To Buraimoh Hameed @Hardebayo03, “This should have come after we might have been refining crude oil locally. This is completely bad timing and the govt will receive serious backlash from the citizens
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Love Amaka @LoveAmaka8, on her own part noted, “I knew this would happen. The government shouldn’t be trusted. All they need to do is allow people have a pain free from the facility they offer, segment themselves and help better living for the people whom they govern. Making Living tough for people is not a good sign from govt.”
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