In Nigeria, there have been violent demonstrations in the capital of Lagos against rising bus fares.
In Nigeria, there have been violent demonstrations in the capital of Lagos against rising bus fares. Many workers staged a protest day on Thursday (5 January) when they set up road blocks and forced a number of buses off the roads.
SYNOPSIS: Cars were set on fire in Lagos streets as part of the protest which also saw a number of buses being wrecked by angry demonstrators.
Their wrath was directed at the Lagos State Transport Corporation, the body responsible for the running of the buses. The corporation recently announced tat it was increasing fares by 50 per cent.
Hundreds of workers stayed away from their jobs for the day. Many buses were halted forcing people to make their journeys on foot.
Armed soldiers were on duty at a number of bus stops to make sure that ??? the few private lorries being used as buses operated smoothly.
There lorries were a welcome sight for the frustrated passengers....who all tried to board them at once.
Nigeria is suffering from a high rate of inflation. And workers say they cannot afford to pay increased fares because of low wages. They have also claimed that the government transport system is poor.