Fuel scarcity: Christmas Travellers Stranded In Several Motor Parks

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As the ongoing scarcity of petrol continues to bite
harder, passengers travelling for Christmas were stranded at Mararaba motor
park in Nasarawa State on Sunday.
NAN reports that as a result of the scarcity of
petroleum products, transporters seem to be cashing in on the development, with
fares increased arbitrarily.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who
visited some of the parks on Sunday reports that travellers had given up on the
trip and returned home due to shortage of vehicles at the parks.
Mr Ernest Obi, a businessman who was supposed to
travel to Enugu state said he would not be able to embark on the journey.
He said he spent four hours at the Mararaba motor park
but was unable to get a vehicle.
“I cannot imagine what people are going through. Our
staying in this country is becoming unbearable.
“I came to the park as early as 7 a.m. and this is
noon. I have not seen a vehicle to convey me to my village.
“You can see the crowd yourself. Why is it that this
scarcity occurs around the Christmas season every year?”
Another intended traveller, Miss Joy Andrew said the
Christmas period was a time and opportunity for most people to travel and meet
loved ones and parents.
Andrew, who was seen leaving the park, told NAN that
she would try again in the night.
“I think I will take a night bus after what I have
experienced. May be it will be better,” she said.
She added that the situation had also caused a lot of
exploitation on travellers by drivers and bus owners.
“This situation is making the drivers to exploit
commuters as many of them have increased the price of transport fare.
“The drivers have doubled the fares. I used to pay
N2,500 from this park in Mararaba to Benue. But today, the drivers are asking
for between N4,500 and N5,000,” she said.
Another intended traveller, Miss Jacinta Uche said:
“the situation in the Mararaba motor park is so bad. I got here as early as 6
a.m. thinking that I will avoid the rush.
“But to my surprise, I met so many other passengers
who said they got here before me. There are few cars at the park and those that
are available, have doubled their fares.
“I will be going back home. This year’s Christmas will
be dull for me because I don’t think I will make it to the village,” she said.

NAN also reports that the fuel scarcity had caused
traffic gridlock on the Abuja-Keffi expressway as commuters spend hours in the
traffic. (NAN)
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