Investigations have revealed that in spite of the cut in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) last month, commuters are yet to feel the impact on transportation fares for long and short distances across various domestic routes in Nigeria.
The federal government, had in January 2015, announced a N10 reduction in the pump price of fuel from 97 per litre to 87 naira per litre, however, this has not translated into the reduction of transportation fare in several states across the country.
In Lagos, various routes on the island and mainland still retain the same travel fare for buses and other means of road transportation including motorcycles, popularly called ‘okada’ in the western part and tricycles, popularly called ‘ keke napep.’
The same situation has been seen in other parts of the country like the north and the Secretary for Zaria Route of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Jabi Park, Victor Joel, said there is no hope for the reduction in fares.
In fact he stated that the union only halted the planned increase of travel fare, but has no intention of reducing the price because the N10 pump price reduction is not significant for long haulage travels.
Fatima Abdulsamad, a commuter, who spoke on the situation, at the Mararaba Gurku Garage in Nasarawa State, said although there has been a reduction in fuel price by N10, she was yet to see changes in the ticket cost as she was traveling the fourth time on the same route this year.
Although she wondered why the price remained unchanged, she expressed hope that changes in the travel fare will reduce in due course, owing to the fact that transporters now pay a little less for fuel.