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Lagosians decry transport fare hike

Passengers in Lagos have expressed concern over the increase in transportation fare following a seven-day warning strike by the Association of Commercial Bus Drivers which took effect in the early hours of Monday.

They made their feelings known when Radio Nigeria visited some bus stops in the streets of Lagos city.

Some of them, Mr Ebi Posibi and Chinenye Orji said the strike action had let to the increase in the cost of transportation by about one hundred percent, a situation they described as terrible.

Other respondents, Mr Sunday Sedaminu and Oluwa Damilola Israel said the strike by the bus drivers was hampering smooth movement of passengers thereby directly affecting their daily earnings.

On her part, a teenager, Favour Samuel was of the opinion that making fuel available at filling stations would go a long way in addressing the problem at hand.

Micheal Nelson who is one of the few Mini Bus Drivers out in search of daily bread, said the strike action was in the right direction considering the scarcity of fuel and the excesses of Irate youth popularly called Garaged Boys who usually extort them on daily basis.

Michael however shared the concerns of passengers over the hike in transportation fare, attributing it to government’s inability to address the bus drivers demand of taking the garage boys also known as Agberos off the road.

Reporting by Murtala Muhammad/Titus Jonathan, Editing by Omotola Oguneye