Saturday, 9 January 2016

THE LAMATA ROAD TRANSFORMATION; GOOD INVESTMENT AMIDST UNCIVILIZED PASSENGERS...

Lagos is no doubt the center of excellence...but some people are still of the opinion that much still needs to be done in areas that need development very drastic...I have lived in Lagos all my life aside my secondary school education which took 6 years of my life in Ondo State but It was always a great feeling coming home for holidays...Traffic jam is a very serious problem in the metropolis or perhaps major road networks in the city and It is not good for our health but I must say, It helps me get the benefit of buying some snacks and drink while on the road...

The Lagos State Government is doing so much to make life easier and less stressful for Its citizens but a major problem to the growth of these infrastructures are the citizens of the state...We shout a lot about the maintenance culture but what about You and I...the end users, the one who talks like he knows it all..the one who nags like she can do it better...?

It was joy unlimited years ago when the National Union of Road Transport Workers together with the state government launched an alternative Bus Rapid Transport...Lagosians welcomed it like a new born child...birthed to bring convenience to the life of citizens...Today, the buses are just a shadow of themselves but the state agency, The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority(LAMATA) has gone ahead to bring a greater transformation to the road transportation within the city. This new air conditioned 45 seater bus is operating from Ikorodu to Tafawa Balewa Square on the Island with several terminal for other commuters along the route. There is also a space for the physically challenged, a 14 inch LCD Monitor and a digital text display...interestingly, It is a criminal offence to assault the bus driver...
Against all these fantastic set ups, Lagosians, educated and uneducated have decided to continually constitute a nuisance at some terminus daily...The officers in charge are doing their best in supervising arrival and boarding of these buses by passengers but It is now a joyous trend for queue to be jumped or simply display an act of thuggery just to get an access into the bus. These acts are very common around places like Ikorodu which has a large number of passengers residing on that route but there is no orderliness amongst the passengers in that zone.

 Should we blame the government for providing an alternative to the road transport in Lagos...? Are we children that should be taught how to be orderly in public...? It may surprise you that some of these people have traveled out of their community or the country and they can testify to how organized the society is...What then is our problem...? Is it just who we are...? What does it take to respect every passenger who takes his time to be on a queue expecting to board a bus..?.Yes, the agency in charge surely have their limitations and they are very unpardonable...I am referring to the e-payment being used.
This e-payment option is very good but we have always being faced with a non-effective technology system in the country as well as proper data accountability...I purchased this card at the rate of 250 Naira and you can load any amount on it for easy commuting but you might just be surprised like an Halloween season when you might have waited on the queue, only to board a bus and you are told that you cannot tap in with your e-payment card because the device is not available right now...Now, they will not ask you to take a seat while they get the paper alternative for you to purchase, instead you will be asked to go purchase it yourself while passengers behind you get a privilege with their paper ticket since they do not have the e-payment option...Where exactly do we stand...? If the card cannot work, let us stick with the paper or simply put all necessary resources together and make it work...for good.
I do not know If much awareness campaign is done in sensitizing Lagosians on the proper use of the card option because we have stories of passengers who always fail to tap out after alighting from the bus, only to discover that all the card has been wiped off with a zero balance credit...Aside this great challenge, It is a bad feeling to be on queue for so long waiting for a bus like a miracle without proper communication of what exactly is delaying the bus...I do know that Lagosians are very impatient and that brings up a nagging spirit but the officers in charger should not flow in that manner and respond very disrespectfully....I am enjoying this bus because It is very comfortable for me, there is an air condition that relaxes the nerves after working for the day...but Lagosians should take proper caution in their attitude just because they have to board a bus...