Transportation

Post-Eidel Kabir: Slight Increase in Cost of Interstate Travel

Passengers returning to their destinations after the Eidel kabir celebration in Ibadan may likely experience slight increase in the transport fare.

The development followed the limited numbers of passengers expected to be carried by transporters as well as possible increase in the volumes of passengers later in the week.

During a visit by our correspondent to Ojoo, Iwo Road and Challenge Motor Parks, it was observed that few passengers were still noticed while little hike was observed compared to what obtained before.

At Ojoo, Radio Nigeria observed that Ibadan to other states in the northern region cost between 7, 500 and 9, 050 naira while other states in the South-South from the ancient city cost between 5, 500 and 10, 000 naira, Ibadan to Abuja on the other hand cost 8, 000 naira.

Confirming the fare, at Iwo road, two park managers, Mr Daniel Odiniya and Felix Bayode said Ibadan five passengers were the numbers specified for each car to allow for physical distancing.

A transporter at Ojoo, Mr Motuf Olatunbosun said Ibadan to Sango Ota and other axis in Lagos costs between 1,500 and 2,500 naira.

Radio Nigeria also observed that Ibadan to Akure and Ado Ekiti ranged between 2,000 and 2,500 naira.

A passenger, Mr Adegoroye Oluwole said government should cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic through financial assistance for the transporters.

It was however observed that few passengers complied with the safety protocols of wearing the masks while other passengers in the buses do not observe physical distancing.

Rotimi Famakin

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