Why BRT buses are in very bad shape- Lagos Commissioner


Lagos has also acquired about 90 new BRT buses.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Public Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, on Monday said that the state government had taken delivery of 90 new buses to ease the transportation difficulties facing the residents. He also gave reasons why many of the BRT buses were in a poor state, saying it was caused by dearth of spare parts.

Mr. Opeifa told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the state government acquired the buses for its Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) scheme.

He said that the new buses would soon be inaugurated.

He said that the Safest Way Transport Company in Agege and the Mutual Transports Company in Ejigbo/Ikotun had acquired 10 and 30 buses respectively, alongside 50 buses that were already acquired by the state.

Reacting to the commuters’ complaints about the poor condition of BRT buses, Mr. Opeifa attributed the slow pace of maintenance work on the buses to the dearth of spare parts.

“You know, we don’t manufacture buses and we don’t manufacture spares but we have acquired additional 50 buses.

“Besides, Safest Way Transport in Agege has just acquired 10 more buses, while Mutual Transports in Ejigbo/Ikotun has also acquired another 30 buses.

“We have a total of about 80 to 90 new buses now, which will soon be introduced; we are also working hard with the operators to improve their capacity to fix their buses.

“The major problem is the issue of spare parts, which we don’t manufacture, but by and large, the operators can do better.

“We are working hard with the owners of those buses to ensure that they improve on the quality of their services,’’ he said.

Opeifa, however, expressed the state government’s commitment to putting in place a first-class transport system in the state so as to promote the people’s socio-economic activities.



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  • Fawole Raphael

    You re a confusionist mr commissioner, you re not paid by taxer payer to tell lies and give excuses in defence of the Governor… If molue owner had came up with such excuses , you will be the first to come on air and accuse them of recklessness and environmental pollution. That’s why Nigeria will never work when commissioners like you bear allegance to the Governor and not the people who pays your salaries and that of your master the Governor…

    • oladeji ogunseye

      Well said Fawole. This man telling white lies like we’re fools. Who can deny the true reason for the state of those buses? The gross recklessness of the poorly (if at all) trained drivers, and even more contributory, the death traps we call roads. Bloody liar! How do other vehicle owners maintain their own cars? Do they “manufacture” spare parts? Or how does Dangote maintain his trucks? Even the car the useless man has been given with our money, how do they maintain it? Spare parts fall from heaven like manna I guess. Were!

  • shezzy

    Hello good friend a seen happen to day at ojuelegba we are standing for brt bus for more that one hour then a lady fell down she can’t breath or talk people around run for the lady life but what surprise me is that those lady that was on duty was standing and we even run to them to make a complains about the lady to them but those two lady said we are noise and left us with the girl , but thank God for good around if not for them the lady with be dead by now plz Mr fashola if at all you can read these let people tell you those lady are not human being but goat please kindly do something. Thanks