Top Gainers in Lagos As Government Ease Lockdown and Impose Curfew. The COVID-19 induced lockdown in Lagos state is not without its benefits.
While many are complaining and pained about the hardship the lockdown has caused and is causing, some others have continued to benefit from the misery of many.
In Lagos State Nigeria, this is quite obvious and this group of gainers seems not to care how hard the economic downturn is affecting people and business.
And with the Federal government directives on easing the lockdown in the Lagos state. The state has almost returned to its bustling nature which it is known for.
Some businesses have been allowed to resume operations. Movement around the state has also been allowed and from 8 pm to 6 am curfew put in place.
In a few days of traveling around the city after the easing down of the lockdown; here are my top gainers from the eased lockdown and curfew put in place by the Federal and Lagos State Government.
Topping the list of gainers in the eased lockdown and Curfew in Lagos state are the commercial bus drivers, especially the Danfo drivers. Danfo is the popular yellow minibusses that covey people around the state.
These groups of commercial transport operators have taken the new directive as a means to exploit commuters.
People most affected are those in private employment, businessmen and women and traders who rely on the service of the commercial transporters to move around the state.
One of the major government directives in which the operators of commercial transport have exploited to the fullest is the government rule that no bus should exceed 60% of its full capacity to allow for social-distancing.
What this implies is that a regular full Danfo, which carries between 13 to 14 passengers would now be required to carry not more than 10 passengers.
These drivers and operators of the commercial buses have tremendously increased the fare as high as 200% in some areas around the state.
For instance, a bus ride from Berger to Mile 2 which usually costs between 500 naira to 600naira now goes for 1000naira.
And bus ride from Ojota to Fadeyi which use to be between 200naira to 250naira now cost for as high as 400naira, a bus ride from CMS to Ajah which use to go for 300naira now cost 500naira.
During peak hours the prices of these rides could go above the stated price above.
The excuse these drivers and commercial transport operators give is that they need to recoup the losses from the seats left empty.
It is an open secret that most of these drivers and commercial transport operators flout the rules and sometimes load their buses to full capacities.
The passengers and commuters who are at the receiving end have little or no help in price regulation, as some law enforcement officers who are supposed to enforce the government directives are showing nonchalance to it.
Moreover, the drivers are not alone in the business of exploitation as motor parks unions have connived with drivers to further increase the economical hardship of Lagosian.
Some law enforcement officers are using the directives on wearing facemask as another avenue to harass and extort money from Nigerians and Lagosians.
The list of top gainers in Lagos as government ease lockdown is extensive. This list would include foodstuff sellers, food vendors, commercial motorcycle operators, and a host of others.