Passengers hail NURTW for stable transport fares in Jos

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Many passengers in , on Saturday, lauded the Plateau chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (), for not increasing transport fare, despite  fuel scarcity.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that passengers at motor parks in , expressed happiness, as commercial drivers  maintained the normal transport fare this yuletide.

Mr Godwin Paul, an electrician, who was travelling to Kaduna from Jos, said the festive season was always stressful as people had to pay higher fare while travelling.

“Am happy the union was able to maintain the normal transport fare but I advise people to go to the park instead of waiting by the roadside to board vehicles for security reasons,” he said.

Speaking to NAN, Mr Jeffrey Ladan, a student of the University of Jos, expressed delight that his pocket money for transportation would not be exhausted too soon.

Also, Miss Tessy Benjamin, an applicant, said that despite the stable transport fare, the union still robbed ‘Peter to pay Paul’.

“The price has not increased but instead of three passengers at the rear seat of a golf wagon vehicle, four persons were made to occupy it but the drivers are not to blame,” she said.

A driver at the park, who pleaded anonymity, said he slept at the park before getting fuel at N143 per litre at the NNPC Mega Filling Station, alleging that fuel sold for N200 per litre in the open market in Jos.

NAN also spoke with Mr Jafar Umar, a ticket attendant, who said the executives were sensitive to the hardship of the people and therefore, made efforts to maintain normal transport fare.

NAN reports that Jos to Kaduna fare remains N2,000; Jos to Bauchi, N1,000; Jos to Gombe, N2,000 and Jos to Abuja N1,600.

NAN reports that despite the stable transport fare, motorists charged passengers extra pay for their luggages, which were hitherto taken free before yuletide. (NAN)


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