Lagosians begin their travel for Christmas but it is with a sense of anguish and reluctance as the price of bus fare which usually increase during the December period has sky-rocketed in the face of fuel scarcity.
Lagosians traveling to their villages for the yuletide
WE visited a popular bus park in Lagos and a long queue was seen as travellers waited with their luggage to board vehicles. Travellers were seen struggling under the weight of their bags while park workers ran around to control the passengers.
One of the passengers waiting to board the bus going to Kogi who simply identified himself as Richard complained that the bus fare was incredible. He said that although he came prepared considering that it was December; still he was surprised at the huge increment.
He said:“Travelling to the village in December is a yearly tradition for him so I have to do it. I can’t return back home because the transport fare is high. I will have to manage.”
Another passenger who had booked three seats and was travelling in company of some members of her family complained that not only was the fare high but the treatment from the park administrators was appalling due to her heavy load.
Another park visited is the popular Ojota Park but according to the park administrators, the turnout was low. One of them who simply identified himself as Otunba said they tried to make the fare as affordable as possible but unfortunately, travelers are still complaining. He noted that some travellers were forced to return home when they found out they didn’t have enough money.
He said: “it is bad because people don’t have money and when they don’t travel, we can’t make money. Some travelers are even begging co-travelers for money to travel. No money, no fuel and everything is expensive. This is not the change we expected.”
A passenger travelling to Benin who also spoke to naij.com said the turnout of passengers was low and the reason was due to the huge fare. She said that some people would have decided to spend the holiday in Lagos rather than travel.
In spite of the gloom though, the number of travelers still continue to trickle into the park. For some, it’s the opportunity they have to see members of their family and spend time with old friends as the next time would be another Christmas period. For others, the economic situation has forced the decision to enjoy the holiday in Lagos on them with a firm hope that the following year will be better.