EID EL FITR: FCT DRIVERS, TRANSPORT UNIONS UNHAPPY WITH LOW TURN OUT OF COMMUTERS




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–  Some FCT commercial drivers and transport unions on expressed displeasure over  the low turnout   passengers few days to  Eid el Fitr celebration.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) few passengers were at most the parks in the FCT and many were empty waiting for passengers.

Alhaji Musa Abaji, Chairman, Branch 3 the NURTW Taxi Long Journey Division at the Utako Central Motor Park in the FCT, attributed the low turnout commuters to the challenges in the country.

Abaji said there used to be rush by commuters ahead of any festive period in the country, but added only few were now willing to travel out of their stations for fear of explosions at the parks.

Also speaking to NAN, some commercial drivers expressed concern the frequent bomb explosions in Kaduna and had restricted movements of commuters from .

“The curfew in Kaduna affected our transport business in the park but after lifting the curfew we started seeing some passengers at the park.

“Our transport fares remain the same. to Kaduna is N1, 500; , N5, 500; Ilorin, N4, 000; Maiduguri, N6, 000 and , N2, 600.”

“We decided not to increase the fare in order to encourage patronage from passengers going to different places in the country,’’ of the drivers explained.

Mr Taiwo Hassan, a member of National Union of Transport Workers(NURTW), appealed to the to  make  the various parks across the safe so as to promote the transport business.[eap_ad_1]

Mr Emmanuel Aboor, the Manager of New Nyanya Transport Company,  said recurring bomb blasts had affected  the turnout of commuters, describing the situation as“ very bad and discouraging”.

“In the recent past, there used to be mad a rush of commuters but because are afraid of the present challenges, there tends to be low patronage.

“Though we have equipped our park with some gadgets including scanners which we to screen passengers’ bags and , there is poor turnout ,’’ Aboor said.

He noted that transport fares also remained the same as were not travelling in large as they used to.

“We take N4, 500 to Calabar, N3, 000 to Onitsha, N1, 200 to Markurdi, N1000 to Jos and 2,000 to 0goja,

Aboor the to install security devices at strategic places.

Mr Adams Yahaya, a member of Self-Employed Commercial Drivers Association (SECDA) at the Nyanya Motor Park, said the  multiple explosions in Kaduna on Wednesday and bomb blast  in on had  affected his  transport business.

He said that no commuter had indicated Kaduna and Kano as their destinations at the park while those going to other areas were few. (NAN)[eap_ad_4]