Bus drivers increase fares as fuel scarcity lingers in Lagos

fuel scarcity

Commercial bus drivers have begun increasing fares in Lagos due to the scarcity of fuel.

On Tuesday, NAN observed that buses carrying passengers from Iyana-Ipaja to Oshodi charged N400 from the usual N300 while bus fare from Iyana-Ipaja to Ikeja increased from N200 to N300.

Similarly, commuters going from Berger to Ojuelegba were charged N400 instead of the usual N300 while passengers from Berger to CMS had to pay N800 instead of N600.

Also, the bus fare from Ketu to Constain went up from N300 to N400, leaving many passengers stranded.

A teacher, Thomas Ayeni, told NAN that the increment had doubled his daily transportation expenses.

“I am appealing to the government to intervene quickly to ensure that there is fuel everywhere to reduce this suffering,” he said.

Secretary, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Lagos satellite depot, Ejigbo, Akeem Balogun, advised marketers against exploiting customers due to the scarcity.

He added: “We have explained our predicament with the current price of PMS at private depots. We explained that with the current price, there is no way we can sell less than N180 per litre.”