Nigerians Groan As Transport Fares Escalate
This may not be the best of Christmas for some Nigerians.
Fuel scarcity is worsening, public transport is scarce and fares have increased all round, making it difficult for people to travel.
To make things worse, prices of foods and other commodities have increased.
Barely two days to Christmas, transport fares at motor parks in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have already escalated drastically mainly due the lingering fuel scarcity.
A visit by the News Agency of Nigeria to some motor parks on Saturday revealed that transport fares have doubled, while many travelers are stranded because of the rush.
Some travelers described the situation as worrisome, adding that such hike and fuel scarcity were not in the interest of the masses, especially during the Christmas season.
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Mrs Salomi Bako, a passenger at Peace Motor Park, traveling from Gwagwalada to Lagos said the fare increased from 4, 000 Naira to 9, 000 Naira.
“I don’t know why the fuel scarcity should come at this period when people want to travel for Christmas to see their loved ones.
“Before the scarcity, we normally pay 4, 000 Naira but the fare had increased to between 9, 000 Naira and 10, 000 Naira.
"The situation has brought untold hardship to travelers, and some people could not travel because of the current rise in transport fares," she said.
At the Wowo Motor Park in Kuje Area Council, FCT the transport fare from Kuje to Zuba had increased from N300 is 600 Naira, while from Area 1, the fare increased from 200 Naira to 300 Naira.
The Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in Gwagwalada, Mr Musa Sanda, attributed the high cost of transportation to the lingering fuel scarcity in Nigeria.
Sanda, however, warned union members in FCT not take advantage of the situation and fix outrageous transport fares, adding that it was against the ethics of the union.
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