Easter Holidays: East, South-bound Passengers Throng FCT Motor Parks

PIC.. INTER STATE MOTOR PARK AT OSHODI IN LAGOS ON TUESDAY (24/12/13)



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East and South bound passengers on Friday thronged parks in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, as they travel out in droves for Easter holidays.

Some of the travellers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the parks that they had to take advantage of the holidays to travel to their villages to celebrate the Easter with their loved ones in spite of hike in transportation fares.
Some of the parks visited by NAN in the FCT include Jabi and Peace Mass.
Mr Ernest Onwuka, Head, Booking and Transportation at Peace Mass Transit said over 48 buses had left to the East on Friday morning.
According to him, there has been massive turnout of passengers at the park especially of persons travelling to the East and South more than the North.
“We did not increase fare because of the change in government, it has affected the flow of money that is why we did not increase it but if the scarcity persist we can add like N500,’’ he said.
Mr Musa Idris, a Lokoja-bound driver at Jabi Park, said that turnout on the route was poor compared to last year.
According to Idris, in spite of the fuel scarcity, the transport unions did not increase transport fare because we are aware of the harsh economic situation in the country.
“As you can see the turnout is very low this year compared to last year’s.
“Everybody is complaining that there is no money. That is why we cannot increase the fare. Before now, when there was fuel scarcity, we normally increase fares, but this year we cannot,’’ he said.
Mr Steven Akinrimisi, a union ticket issuer in the park, attributed the low turnout to the state of bad roads in the country.
According to Akinrimisi, passengers now prefer to go by air rather than by road because of the distance and the reports of road accidents.
He, however, said if the roads were good and were dualised, passengers would not find it stressful travelling during festive periods.
On his part, Malam Abubakar Umar, a Lagos-bound driver, said most of the buses going to the East and South increased their fare because of the massive turnout of passengers.
However, he said those going to the north did not increase their fares because there was low turnout at their section.

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