Diary of a Lagos Commuter: Riding on the New BRT

I had the opportunity of boarding one of the new BRT buses in Lagos earlier today. The ticket given was generated from a POS. I think that’s quite thoughtful and wise. Ok, I was trying to get me a good seat in the bus, when I heard ‘welcome to our midst’ from some set of people like they were expecting me. I got curious ‘does one chance now operate in BRT bus now?’ I imagined. Now amused, the four (1 male, 3 females) engaged me in a conversation; they wanted to know who was darker between one of them and me. Guess what the resolve was? I am actually darker. Whao! am I that dark? lol, I love me though… Meanwhile, I don’t think some Nigerians can change their filthy behaviour. The bus was filled with dirts (empty plastic drink bottles, paper litters, empty food packs etc)… Aaarggh! While still trying to soak in my experience, something came up at one of the terminals. One of the BRT officials came in to inspect our tickets, (it’s a usual check done to be sure one does not go past the limit of the amount on ticket bought) unfortunately for a guy, he misplaced his. Consequently, He was told to get down and pay for another ticket. Long story short- he was not allowed to continue the journey with us. I was wondering if that is the new bus policy.

Aderolake chronicles her experience as a Lagos commuter on RuralReporters.com. As a trained Broadcast journalist, she is passionate about connecting the link between education and communication. Her expertise lies in the ability to disseminate useful and unbiased information to help others make informed decisions. 'Rolake is also a skilled makeup artist- she loves to amplify the beauty in others. She recently branched out to explore the administrative field and currently works as an administrator in one of the leading Nursing Agencies in Nigeria.

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