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Ekiti government begs transporters to lower fares

Road workers blamed fuel hikes and vehicle maintenance cost for fare increase.

• November 30, 2020
Ekiti State govenor, Kayode Fayemi (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Ekiti government is making moves reduce cost of transportation in the state, says Akin Oyebode, a spokesman for governor Kayode Fayemi, in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday.

Mr. Oyebode said toward the realisation of the reversal, a government delegation, led by Biodun Omoleye, Chief of Staff to the governor, met with transportation unions on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti.

At the meeting were leaders and representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), and Pick-up and Lorry Association of Nigeria.

Others represented were those of Okada Riders Association, Tricycle Riders Association, and the National Association of Cooperative Transport and Tipper Drivers Association.

The governor’s spokesman said the government was convinced that the astronomical increases in fares was responsible for unbearable increases in the costs of goods and services being experienced in the state.

He said government was astonished that transportation fare for a 45-kilometre journey outside the state, which used to be N500, suddenly went to as high as N1,400 and asked transportation unions to scale the fares downward in the interest of the masses.

“We hope that in the next five days, this high cost would be reversed for the good of all, Mr. Oyebode said in the statement.

Mr. Oyebode notes that at Sunday’s meeting, Chairman of RTEAN, Rotimi Olanbiwonninu, said the hike in the price of petrol, costly vehicle spare parts and the COVID-19 safety protocols, which demanded that transporters operated below capacity, combined to cause increased fares.

He lamented that proceeds from trips embarked upon by transporters who were compelled to reduce number of passengers barely covered the cost of buying fuel.

Also at the meeting were the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hakeem Jamiu, the Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Akin Omole and the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Muyiwa Olumilua.

In attendance were Ado Local Government Chairman, Mrs Omotunde Fajuyi and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Engagement and Enlightenment, Mrs Tosin Ajisafe-Aluko. 

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