Passengers hail NURTW for stable transport fare in Jos
Many passengers in Jos on Saturday lauded the Plateau State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers for not increasing transport fare despite fuel scarcity.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that passengers at motor parks in Jos expressed happiness as commercial drivers maintained the normal transport fare this yuletide.
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.
Paul said: “I am happy the union was able to maintain the normal transport fare, but I advice people to go to the park instead of waiting by the roadside to board vehicles for security reasons.”
Speaking to NAN, Jeffrey Ladan, a student of the University of Jos, expressed delight that his pocket money for transportation would not be exhausted too soon.
Also, Tessy Benjamin, an applicant, said 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,” Benjamin 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 Jafar Umar, a ticket attendant, who said the NURTW 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.