{Chibueze Obi}

Transporters in Abuja on Thursday raised the alarm that fuel scarcity, the ENDSARS protests, and the increase in the pump price of petrol are killing the motor transport sector.

The vice chairman of Jabi , FCT chapter of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN Reuben Usman, told the signature TV that passengers were not travelling to celebrate the Eidel Malaud festival. He attributed the low passenger turn out to fear caused by riots, vandalism and looting created by ENDSARS youth  protests.

He said that despite the increase in pump price of petrol and present fuel scarcity, in Abuja, the transporters have not increased their fares, because many passengers cannot afford any fare increase.

A driver, Oyedele Kazeem corroborated the position of the road transport employer’s chieftain. Oyedele told signature TV that this time in 2019, many Nigerians travelled to various parts of the country to celebrate the Eid-el Malaud. But this year, many transporters have unloaded vehicles because there are no passengers. He attributed the situation to the uncertainties from the ENDSARS youth protests.

The chairman of the Mpape chapter of the road transport employers, Kehinde Suleman told signature TV that transporters have resolved not to increase fares because many passengers cannot afford an increase under the present harsh economic situation.


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