Operators of commercial bus on Tuesday hiked their fares on various routes in Lagos metropolis due to the lingering scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the situation has gone awry as it was reported that the fares were increased by between N100 to N150, depending on the route.
It was observed that buses were carrying passengers from Iyana-Ipaja to Oshodi for N400 against the normal N250 and N300 as the case may be, while bus fares from Iyana-Ipaja to Ikeja increased from N200 to N300.
Similarly, commuters going from Berger to Ojuelegba were charged N400 instead of the usual N300 while passengers from Berger to CMS had to pay N800 instead of N600.
Also, the bus fare from Ketu to Costain went up from N300 to N400, leaving many passengers frustrated and stranded especially with the few available buses on the road. The situation was made worse with the ban on okada operations in the state.
A trader, Habib Ajani, told our Reporter that the increment had doubled his daily transportation expenses.
Mr Ajani said: “I am spending double of the amount I normally spent on transport and it is not easy with the way the economy is going.
“I am appealing to the government to intervene quickly to ensure that there is fuel everywhere to reduce this hardship. I’m sure this is as a result of deliberate sabotage and in a bid to foist a new price regime on hapless Nigerians.”
Also, another Commuter, Joyce Uresi said she normally paid N600 from Iyana-Ipaja to Idumota but that the fare had increased to N800.
She said, “we are three at the shop and this means I have to pay N2,400 for us to get to the shop. I don’t know how we can cope with this development. It is unbearable. Things are getting worse. Relevant authorities should into the matter.”