Why you should not end BRT in Lagos – commuters tell Sanwo-Olu

Some Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) passengers along the Ikeja/Oshodi corridor in Lagos State on Sunday, appealed to the Lagos State Government to boost security on the buses for improved safety of commuters.Some of the passengers , who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) appealed to the state government to deploy technology to make the operations better and safer for passengers, to avert a repeat of the Bamise saga.A trader at Computer Village, who simply identified himself as Okwudili, said the BRT was the hope of business people, who had to catch up early with business appointments.Okwudili who spoke to NAN at the Mangoro bus corridor said it was impressive that the BRT fleet was increasing, adding that government should improve and digitalise operations for efficiency and safety.Government has banned commercial motorcycles (Okada) on highways, BRT is the fastest means we have, especially business people.“If you go to some countries abroad, they don’t have traffic jams because the government introduced this big high capacity buses every where.The death of Bamise should make all transportation stakeholders have a discussion on how to make BRT safer. Transportation is big business internationally, I believe that Gov. Sanwo-Olu can do it,” he said.A 300 level student of the University of Lagos, Miss Peju Pedro, said “it is scarier taking BRT at night now because I will be afraid of rape or death. Government should make it safer.Pedro who spoke to NAN at the BRT Terminal opposite ShopRite Superstores in Alausa, appealed to government to seek private sector help in regulating BRT operations effectively.Another student of Agidingbi Junior High School, Master Joseph Kushima , told NAN that the bus was assisting to carry students to school for free.“We like BRT, they should not stop it, if there is security, no driver can kill anybody,” he said.NAN recalls that Miss Bamise Ayanwola, the late 22-year-old fashion designer, went missing after she boarded a BRT bus driven by Mr Andrew Nice on Feb. 26.Her corpse was later found on Carter Bridge in Lagos Island, nine days later, leading to the arrest of Nice by officials of the Department of State Security Services in Ogun , after he fled Lagos.Afraid of public outrage that may lead to destruction or attacks on the fleet, the Lagos state government suspended the operations of BRT for two days, leading to outcry by commuters , who were stranded at various bus stops forcing government to restore the fleet.

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