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Commuters experience hardship over ban on Okada

CALABAR—Commuters in Calabar, Cross River State, have continued to experience hardship as they search for vehicles to take them to their various destinations within the metropolis since the ban on commercial motorbikes commenced, weekend.

A common sight on the major streets of Calabar weekend and Monday was the spectacle of stranded commuters who were in search of vehicles to take them to work, schools and other places.

Although the state government has made provisions to cushion the expected effect of the ban by providing cas on hire purchase to drivers, it has become glaringly noticeable that more cabs are still needed to amelirate the situation.

Vanguard gathered that about 250 taxicabs were released to drivers Monday, but these cabs are relatively few because they could not take adequate care of commuters, as many commuters flooded the streets walking to their various destinations.

Another problem that has also been noticed is that the taxis ply designated routes, so a pedestrian has to trek over a very long distance in areas where the taxis are not available.

Speaking to Vanguard in Calabar over the matter, Deaconness Lillian Akpabio said the ban would cause a lot of hardship to commuters.

She was also concerned about the fate of the motorbike operators, wondering what they would be doing henceforth to put food on their table.

Also speaking, the Acting President of the National Association of Nigerian students(NANS), Comerade  Egbe Jerome, said most students of the University of Calabar live off Campus and wondered how they would be going to school under the present circumstance.

When Vanguard spoke to one of the cab drivers, he said they were not told how much they should charge commuters, but added that they were advised not to charge much.

While a taxicab charged N70 along Marian Road, another charged N40 along IBB Road.


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