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NARTO suspends services over high operational cost in Kebbi

24 November 2012, 07:59

Birnin Kebbi - Some members of the Kebbi chapter of the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) have suspended commercial operation citing high operational cost as reason.

The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Abbas Ladan, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.

He said that high operational costs had forced some drivers to abandon operations until situation improved.

According to him, the decision to suspend operation is to avoid operating at a loss, especially considering the high cost of petrol, high cost of maintenance as well as wear tear of our vehicles.

Abbas, however, said that the decision to suspend operation was optional, saying: "members can pool resources and operate within economic sense".

Meanwhile, the state Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Ismaila Karde, has said that despite the suspension, members have resolved not to increase transport fares.

"In spite of the high cost of petrol, the association has not increased transport fares

"The decision was democratically accepted by all in our members in the belief that no condition is permanent with regards to the high cost of petrol," Karde said.

Karde, however, appealed to the State Government to ensure that petrol was always available at mega stations.

A commercial driver in Birnin Kebbi, Alhaji Musa Kamba, told NAN that members of the NURTW sacrificed to maintain the normal fares.


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