Monday, 6 March 2017

SPN CALLS FOR THE REVERSAL OF BRT FARE HIKE


PRESS STATEMENT

We of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Lagos State Chapter call on the Akinwunmi Ambode's All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Lagos State Government to reverse the hike of transport fares for LAGBUS Buses newly introduced. Coming at a time of depleting level of living conditions, the fare hike is salt added to wound. 

The hike is anti-poor and insensitive. If allowed, it will put enormous strain on workers, students, youth and the poor who daily commute with the BRT.

At a time when the working people are suffering from excruciating poverty arising from inflation and erosion of income, a genuine pro-masses government that places value on citizens’ welfare would not even think of increasing bus fares. Rather such a government would be thinking of how to ensure even further reduction in bus fares to assist the most vulnerable and downtrodden. By its action and inaction, the Ambode/APC government is slowly but surely beginning to reveal its anti-masses disposition just like its predecessors. 

We hereby give notice that if the Lagos State Government fails to reverse this decision, we will be left with no choice than to join other willing forces to mobilise a mass resistance against the policy. 

The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) is not merely an electoral platform; it is equally a party of struggle. We call on workers, artisans, students, youth and all ordinary people of Lagos State to join the SPN as we struggle for day-to-day improvement of living conditions of working people 

We also call on the working people in Lagos State Government to link their anger and protests against the deliberate commercialisation of the state by the regime in power to a programme of putting in power a pro-working people's government that will make Lagos State not just a paradise for the super-rich but a haven for all.

Moshood Osunfurewa
State Secretary

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