ABUJA – Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) on Thursday decried low turn-out of passengers ahead of Eid-el Fitr celebration.
Mark Oamen, the Assistant Secretary of RTEAN in FCT also told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the association did not increase transport fares.
He attributed the lingering insecurity in parts of the country to the low patronage, adding that the situation had made people to shun traveling.
Oamen said that even when they show up, they leave at the slightest delay because of fear of bomb explosion.
“Patronage is at its lowest stage now; This is the first Sallah we are experiencing low patronage.
“ This can be attributed to the insecurity challenges in the country; nobody wants to wait for too long in the park.
[eap_ad_1] “Once a car is not getting filled up, passengers get uncomfortable and leave the vehicle.
“There is no way we can increase transport fare, when we are even looking for passengers.
“I don’t know if Nigerians are not traveling or they are boarding vehicles from unauthorised parks,“ he said.
Oamen said the operation of unauthorised motor parks in parts of Abuja also contributed to low patronage.
“Drivers now travel with two or three passengers to avoid wasting unnecessary time.
He, however, said that the association was collaborating with relevant agencies to ensure safety at the parks.
Oamen said the situation would improve before the celebration. (NAN)