Enugu residents in blame game

At the Liberty Bus Stop, the transportation hub in the Abakpa suburb of Enugu State, it is a contest of wills between commuters and commercial bus drivers.

For the transporters, it is a question of getting full return from the ever-rising cost of fuel. The commuters find themselves in the same situation as they deal with the 100 per cent hike in fares.

Said a bus driver who was having a tough time loading his vehicle with nearly every passenger griping and showing angry: “How can I stay in the fuel queue all day and buy N250 a litre and anyone expect me to charge what they have been paying before?” he asked.

Meanwhile, commuters, in a bid to cope with the fares, have devised a means to stay on their budget by attempting to walk half way to their destinations before hoping to join a bus. “It’s the only way for me to ensure that I will be able to go to work tomorrow. I do not blame the drivers, but there is no money to keep up with the cost of transportation. If this is the change the government promised us, then it is not good,” a commuter said.

A market woman, cursing the bus conductors for the cost of ferrying her wares and lamenting to no one in particular, blamed the drivers solely for the inflating the fares.

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