December 31, 2022

Mixed reactions as high fares persist at Lagos parks

Touts take over Mile 2, Badagry expressway

High fares at Lagos motor parks on Friday saw some residents abandoning their plans to travel out of the state for the festive season.

Some of the residents who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on expressed disappointment over the high cost on transportation.

Mrs Juliana Friday told NAN that she could no longer continue with her journey  because the fare was on the high side.

Friday said she worked as secretary in a law firm in Lagos and her salary was just N25,000 monthly.

“I will pay another house rent in March and I will also improve on my living..

” It is better, I go back home because I can’t afford N20,000 to Abakaliki, and only God knows how much they will charge while coming back to Lagos.

“Fuel is in circulation now compared to last week when people were traveling for Christmas celebration,” she said.

Another, Mr Charles Edet, who wanted to travel to Akwa-Ibom, said he was to travel with his two brothers, but had to return home due to the transportation cost.

Edet said that in the previous week, the fare to Akwa-Ibom was N22,000,  but few passengers were around on Friday and it was between N18,000 and N20,000.

Mr Sam Akintade, who was travelling to Abuja from Lagos, however, said Abuja fare was reasonable for N18,000.

Akintade said the problem was that there were few passengers and this delayed movement which made him to sleep over at the park.

Mr Oluchi Okoye, a trader, said he had to travel to Anambra for his brother’s wedding, though the fare was on the high side.

Okoye  thanked God that he was able to afford the fare for himself and his wife.

He pleaded with the Federal Government to look into the issue of fuel scarcity to reduce fares and enable more Nigerians to travel with their families and loved ones.

A traveller to Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Mrs Rebecca Kalejaiye, said she boarded a vehicle for N4,000 from Ojota.

Mr Sharafa Adisa, a driver, said they had less than average passengers travelling to Ibadan from Ojota parks.

A driver with the Akwa-IbomTransport Authority, Mr Bassy Udom, said they were not happy with the fares, but they spent a lot of money on fuel.

“We have to buy the black market fuel; although we get fuel in filling stations in Lagos, we face a lot of indiscriminate pricing when coming back and we have to keep moving.”

He said that many people also did not travel because of the security situation in the country.

“We also face a lot of traffic as a result of bad roads from Ogun State to many states in the country.

” Government should help us fix the roads to reduce time spent on the roads and stress,” Udom said. (NAN).