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Fuel scarcity: Transport fares increase in Enugu

07 March 2014, 09:47

Enugu - Commercial transporters in Enugu have increased their fares by between 40 per cent and 60 per cent following persistent fuel scarcity.

The fares, which followed the increase in price of petrol to N140 per litre, saw bus drivers charging between N70 and N100 for short distances around the town.

Taxi drivers collect N800 per drop or a 60 per cent increase compared to the earlier taxi fare of N500 for short distance drop.

Some of the drivers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the increase in fares within and outside the state capital was inevitable.

Francis Ugwu, a taxi driver, said the sudden rise in the price of fuel and the scarcity of the commodity determined the fare they charged.

“Although the fare from Abakpa to Obiagu may differ from one driver to the other, the hike in the price of fuel has made us to charge higher to meet our demands.

“We depend on the money we realise from the taxi business; once the fuel price goes down the transport fare will also go down,” Ugwu said.

Another taxi driver, Caleb Aguba, said the increase in taxi fare was not by their making.

“The fuel experienced increase in price, that is why it affected the transport fare and it will come down once the fuel price goes down.

“It’s not only the passengers that feel the heat, we also feel the heat as well,” Aguba said.

A bus driver, Emma Akanma, said the transport fare was not much considering the scarcity of fuel and the prevailing price of the product in Enugu.

Akanma, who plies Abakpa to Obiagu and Garki to Old Park, said the drivers were the ones feeling the heat.

According to him, the transport fare from Abakpa to Obiagu now stands at N70 compared to the N50 charged earlier.

He said Garki to Old Park now cost N100 as against the former price of N70.

“The hike in the price of fuel is not only hanging on the neck of the passengers, it also hangs on the drivers because we made a lot of money before the increment,” Akanma said.

-  NAN

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