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
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
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.