Lagos - Passengers travelling for the Eld-el-Kabir holidays from Lagos State have to pay higher fares on Thursday, largely due to inavailability of petrol at most filling stations, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
NAN discovered that fares in some motor parks had increased by as much as100 per cent.
Most of the transporters interviewed attributed the increase to high cost of fuel, which they claimed was mostly at black market rates of between N110 and N150 per litre, as against the N97 per litre approved by government.
Mr Sule Garba, a transporter at the Ijora motor park, told NAN that the fare to Jos, Plateu, had been increased to N6 300 from its usual N4 500
"Our Luxury buses are more expensive due to the fuel consumption. The fare to Yola by big bus is now N7 000 instead of the normal N5 000.
"We have moved one luxury bus and three small buses to both Yola and Jos today, yet, patronage is still high because of the Sallah," he said.
Alhj. Lati Adekunle, a passenger, said that Sallah was an important celebration which must be observed with one’s family.
"I don’t have any choice than to travel, but let the government try and find a solution to this problem of fuel; it has made us the travellers to pay for what we really didn’t bargain for.
"Fares have gone up very high. I used to pay N1 500 from Lagos to Omuaran, Kwara State, but today being Sallah and much fuel problem, I paid N3 000," he said.
However, transport fares to destinations in Ondo state remained unchanged, in spite of the fuel shotage.
"I was expecting an increase in fare, but I paid the usual N1 550 from Ojota motor park in Lagos, to Akure on Thursday morning", said Mr Yomi Adeleye, a Lagos-based civil servant, who spoke with NAN on the telephone, on his way to the Ondo State capital.
NAN observed that, apart from the issue of inadequate fuel supply, transport fares to areas outside Lagos, believed to have large muslim populations, were the ones increased due to higher demand.
NAN reports that transport fares to most South-East and the South-South states remained relatively stable.