Lagos BRT Buses Set to Withdraw Services Next Week

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A report by PM News has alleged that BRT Buses in Lagos may be forced to withdraw their services next week due to logistical problems.

According to the report, the operators of the buses, Primero Transport Services Ltd cited growing costs of operation, administrative and logistical issues as reasons why services may be halted soon.

It alleged further that most of the BRT buses had already run out of diesel to operate.

“Primero is planning to withdraw all its buses from the road from May 25. The company is running out of diesel.
“Suppliers have not been supplying diesel fully because the firm is owing them. The company is currently running at a loss.

“Primero will run out of the supply of diesel and other supplies by Monday. So it is not likely the buses will run,” the report stated.

There was shortage of BRT buses on May 15 as long lines of passengers formed at bus stops all over the state.

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Most of the passengers have complained of an apparent shortage of BRT transport buses since the lockdown was partially lifted on May 4.

Mr. Fola Tinubu, the Director of the agency in charge had said at the time that company has been suffering huge loses; he further likened their recent operations to providing free social services.

“Twenty passengers in the bus on the same old fare is not sustainable. We are piling up losses that we need to address urgently.
“Creditors are calling us. We need to address that urgently. The way it is right now is not sustainable.
“That was why we have limited buses on the roads. Every bus that is going up and down now is incurring so much loss.” he said at the time.

“Creditors are calling us. We need to address that urgently. The way it is right now is not sustainable.
“That was why we have limited buses on the roads. Every bus that is going up and down now is incurring so much loss.” he said at the time.

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