The Lagos State Government announced on Monday the increment in transport fare of BRT and LAGBUS buses.
The price hike, which was approved by the by the managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mr. Abiodun Dabiri, attracts the outright condemnation of Lagos State council of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC).
The Lagos State council felt the action was barbaric, despite the economy situations in the country. He further stated that “We therefore insist that this fare hike is insensitive, wicked, ungodly and draconian, to say the least.
The move further exposes the state government as being completely out of touch with the realities of the suffering of the masses of the state”.
It will be recalled that the TUC, Labour Congress (NLC) and the civil society bodies were forced to stage a protest rally last week because of the pains Nigerians are going through; unfortunately the state government appears indifferent.
The council ascertained that the approval of 20-50% fare hike is an error, which must be averted immediately, and that the unilateral nature of the increment without due consultation with other stakeholders including the TUC to examine all the issues related to the increment is not acceptable.
Hence the Lagos State Council of TUC hereby calls on Governor Ambode to withdraw the approval immediately.