Literally, the bus stop should be a place you board buses to different destination. In Nigeria, there are so many other activities that take place at the bus stop.
These illegal activities at these bus stops are the major causes of loitering and traffic congestion along major roads in the country.
The bus stop has lost its core value, apart from the regular boarding activities, here are 7 other things people do at the bus stop.
1. People beg
While waiting to board a bus, you will always find someone who will come to ask you for help. Whether truly in need or not, beggars always will approach you for help the the bus stop.
2. People share flyers
Nigerian bus stops have become the fastest place to disperse handbills. Irrespective of the time, there will always be someone sharing handbills or tracks.
3. People sell goods
Bus stops in Nigeria are like mini markets. You get to see hawkers at some bus stops with their goods. They even get to display their wares across pedestrian pathway.
4. Area boys (agbero)
They cause most rowdiness at the bus stop. They are fond of running after commercial vehicles to collect money. They even fight the bus driver if he refuses to give them money.
5. People play baba Ijebu game
Lotto game agents can be seen virtually at every bus stop in Nigeria. People play the game while waiting to board a bus.
6. People pick pockets
You have to be very vigilant once you are at the bus stop. Some people loiter around the place just to steal from you. These set of people always look out for the slightest opportunity to rob you.
7. People sell food
You can never go hungry at a Nigerian bus stop. You get to have options of food, drinks and snacks. Although, road user are advised not to drink and drive but alcoholic drinks are sold at the bus stop.