Most petrol stations in Lagos have complied with N0.5 fuel pump price reduction by Federal Government but commuters still complain of high cost of transportation.
The Federal Government reduced petrol pump price to N86.5 in the New Year as part of its efforts to ease the pains on the masses but commercial buses had refused to reduce their fares.
Some of the commuters who spoke to our correspondent said that the transport fares increased despite a drop in the pump price of petrol.
According to a commuter, who identified herself as Esther, transport fares from Ojodu Berger to Obalende is N250 as it was last year.
She said, “In some areas, transport fares have increased by N50. Every year, the transporters increase fare because of increased petrol pump price but they are not lucky this year as the price goes down a bit.
“What we expect is a lesser transport fare”, another commuter has said.
Commenting, a commercial driver, Mr. Tairu Alaba stated that the N0.5 reduction in pump price is insignificant compared to the distance he covers daily. “Our fares are not charged based on petrol alone. What about wear and tear on the vehicle. Commuters should know that they do not pay just for petrol but also for service and wear and tear of our buses,” he said.