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…Commuters bemoan hike in cost of transportation

In separate interviews with NAN some residents pleaded with the federal government to sort out the issue to alleviate their suffering.Mrs Juliana Iwu, a civil…

In separate interviews with NAN some residents pleaded with the federal government to sort out the issue to alleviate their suffering.
Mrs Juliana Iwu, a civil servant, said she spent N400 each day on public transport instead of the N200 she spent before the scarcity.
On his part, Jonah Chilaka, another civil servant, said he paid N70 for trips which usually cost N50.
Immaculate Onyeoma, a sales girl, said the cost of transport from her home to her place of work had also increased from N80 to N150.
Reacting, public transporters said getting fuel had been a problem.
Akachukwu Iwuoha, a bus driver, said he had to queue for hours sometimes in order to get fuel for the day’s work.
“If we’re lucky to see fuel anywhere, we have to queue for hours before we buy and we buy at a very high cost; so we have to recover our losses and add something for the inconvenience,’’ he said.
John Mbangwa, a tricycle rider, added that pump meters in most fuel stations had been tampered with, resulting in less fuel than paid for.

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