Passengers plying Warri-Asaba route have decried the sudden rise in transport fare to N4,000 from the N2,000 charged before the ravaging flood along some parts of the road, and the passengers are asking why the sudden increase when there are other routes available and which have not been ravaged by flood.
Some passengers who spoke and expressed their odeal to newsmen at the Delta Line Office in Effurun complained about the increase in fares saying that the Delta State owned transport company had no strong reason for the increase, if it was due to the flood, there is an alternate route to ply that the flood did not affect.
One of them who simply identified himself as Kiniovo pointed out that there were two routes from Warri to Asaba, which he stated to be the Warri-Ughelli-Kwale-Asaba and Warri-Abraka- Agbor -Asaba routes . The sudden increase in transportation fare will take effect on cost of goods and services which will lead to more hardship for everybody.
“Using the alternative Abraka – Agbor Road does not warrant an increase in the transport fare to Asaba.
“The Abraka – Agbor route was the only route when the Ughelli – Asaba Road was under construction.
“If other commercial transport companies have increased their transportation fare, it should not be Delta Line, as there are other routes to ply that have not been flooded unlike other states where all major roads have been flooded with no alternate route.
“I am sure that our governor is not aware of it,” he said.
A staff of the Delta State owned transport company who declined to identify himself affirmed that the increase in transportation fare was due to the flood ravaged Ughelli – Asaba Road.
One of the drivers said that passengers were not forced to patronise Delta Line and that they can patronise other transport services.
Source: Urhobo Today