The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has assured commuters that it would not increase transport fare in spite of the tolls review by Lekki Concession Company (LCC).
Alhaji Taofeek Oluwa, NURTW Chairman in Jakande, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that LCC had recently announced its plan to review to upward the tolls for different categories of motorists plying Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway with effect from Feb.1.
Oluwa said that the development would not affect transport fares in the corridor.
“Following the announcement of the toll review at the Admiralty Circle Plaza and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Plaza by the Lekki Concession Company, LCC, there will be no fare increase,” he said.
The NURTW chief said that the union was duly carried along by LCC, as one of the critical stakeholders during the engagement process for the toll review.
“It is encouraging that LCC carried the union along as one of the critical stakeholders consulted during the engagement process for the toll review which resulted in the minimal increase in tariff charged the branded commercial buses.
“From February 1, branded commercial buses popularly called Danfo which previously paid N80 would be paying N90 for e-Tag payments and N100 for cash payments.
“As long as LCC honours its agreement of our mutual understanding at the stakeholders’ meeting, we can confidently support LCC.
“We assure the commuters that they will not suffer any increase in the fare paid to board the branded commercial buses coming into or going out of Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway.
“The NURTW is happy to endorse the toll fare review,” Oluwa said.
Another NURTW official in the area, Alhaji Quadri Adesokan, said that LCC had promised to improve the standards of the roads for the safety of passengers.
“We have heard the concerns of LCC and have agreed to support them because they have promised to maintain the roads.
“A large number of our buses are using the e-tag which affords us unhindered entry and return from Lekki-Epe Expressway,” Adesokan added.