Primero Transport Services Ltd., operator of Bus Rapid Transit
(BRT) in Lagos, says it is planning an upward review of
transport fares across all routes in the state to meet up with
The Managing Director of the firm, Mr Fola Tinubu, made the
disclosure in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
Lagos on Tuesday.
Tinubu said that the current fares were grossly inadequate if the
firm was to provide better services for the people of Lagos.
According to him, cost of operating the buses have increased
so much that the firm is finding it difficult to survive and
The managing director said: “Primero is planning to approach
the regulator for an increase in fares. The last increase we got
was done three years ago and our cost of operations has really
“The company is not in a good financial standing now to run
and foot cost of maintenance and operation of buses.
“We understand the need to provide services to the people; I
think the increase has become necessary in order to serve the
people of Lagos better.
“With the increase, we will be able to roll out enough buses to
meet the need of the state’s teeming commuters.’’
He said that the current fares across routes were no longer
sustainable for running the buses, and it had become
imperative for the firm to meet with the regulator.
Tinubu said that the firm was already concluding plans to sit
down with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority
(LAMATA), the regulator of BRT, to push for the review.
He assured the people of Lagos of the firm’s commitment to
provide excellent service and reduce waiting time at various bus
stops to get commuters to their destinations.
NAN reports that LAMATA is the Lagos State Government
agency created to coordinate transport planning, policies, and
public transport infrastructure implementation in the Lagos
The organisation oversees wide range of transport planning and
implementation of transport strategies and plans in Lagos, as
well as the Lagos Rail Mass Transit and the Lagos Bus Rapid
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