Following the scarcity of fuel being experienced in some parts of the country, commercial drivers have increased transport fares in Katsina State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited some filing stations in Katsina, Kankia, Malumfashi, Charanchi and Dutsin-ma Local Government Areas reports that only the NNPC-mega stations are selling the commodity at the official rate of N97 per litre.
The correspondent observed that the commodity is being sold at N140 per litre in the few filling stations opened for business.
NAN observed that the scarcity had led to long queues at the stations.
The situation had also jerked up transport fare, which had gone up by about 20 per cent.
Passengers travelling to Kaduna from Katsina now pay N1, 300 as against N1,000; those going from Kankia to Malumfashi now pay N450 instead of N350; Katsina to Kankia, N250 as against N200, while Katsina to Funtua attracts N800 as against N700.
Malam Abdulrahman Muhammad, a commuter told NAN that the increase in the fare had made it difficult for many people to travel long distances in search of livelihood.
Muhammad expressed fears that the situation could also lead to inflation unless urgent measures were taken to make petrol available and affordable in the country.
He urged the Federal Government to address the problem to enhance the socioeconomic development of the country.
Aliyu Abdullahi, another commuter appealed to the government to address the issue because “it is having negative effects on the economy”.
However, Malam Mammam Fari, a commercial motor driver, said it became necessary to increase the fare due to hike in the cost of petrol. (NAN)
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