As the fuel scarcity continues to bite harder across the federation, some passengers travelling to different parts of the country ahead of the yuletide to celebrate Charismas and New Year with their loved ones, have lamented the hike in the cost of transportation.
Some of the passengers who spoke to Nigerian Pilot at the Chisco Transport at the Utako Park yesterday in Abuja, described the situation as worrisome and unfortunate for an oil producing nation to be faced with such scarcity during every yuletide season in the country.
Mrs. Chinaza Obi said she had to pay N8,000 to Port Harcourt as against N5,000 payment previously, this is not funny at all, transportation is on the high side and salaries have not been paid.
According to her, “ the government is not being fair to Nigerians because it is unheard off that the giant of Africa and an oil producing nation would have to pay high price for the product”.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the authorities to addressed this challenge before the situation gets out of hand”.
At the popular Jabi motor park in Abuja, a passenger, Miss. Njideka Kalu, said that the increase in fare during yuletide was not a new development as it has become a tradition in the country for transporter to hike the price of fair at the expense of commuters.
She said, “during every festive season, government will find a way of creating artificial scarcity and allow the poor mass to suffer untold hardship “.
She however expressed concern that the lingering fuel scarcity and the current economic situation in the country had added more pains to travellers and Nigerian masses in general.
Our investigation also reveals that “before now, I used to pay N2, 000 from here to Ankpa in Kogi State; but today I paid N3, 000.
Another traveller, Mrs. Joyce Adeyemi, said she paid N5, 500 to travel to Lagos as against the N4, 500 she had paid on the same route some weeks ago.
Adeyemi urged the Federal Government to find a solution to the continuous fuel scarcity plaguing the nation, to ameliorate the suffering of the masses.
Meanwhile the authorities at CHISCO Transport spoke on condition of anonymity said they have witness a significant drop in the turnout of travellers this year, compared to previous years.
According to him, “even though there was fuel scarcity, motorists had restrained themselves from hiking fare arbitrarily, due to the low turnout of passengers and the economic situation in the country.
Also at the Peace Mass Transit Park, Nigerian Pilot gathered that the fare from Abuja to Enugu had jumped from N4, 500 to N5, 500 while Abuja to Port Harcourt now costs N7,000 as against N6,000 previously.
A passenger, Mr. Dan Eze, noted that the hike in fare was expected, considering the usual rush during yuletide and the lingering fuel crisis.
Eze, however, advised the government to devise means of addressing the fuel scarcity, to enable motorists to provide effective and efficient service to the travelling public.
He further urged motorists to ensure the safety of travellers by putting their vehicles in proper shape and sensitise their drivers against reckless driving.
According to him, “The situation is bad; it is unbearable but we cannot stop moving because we have important things to do in our various places”.

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