Nigerians struggled to enjoy a beautiful festive period in December 2020, as transport fare saw an increase beyond normal.
Increase in Transport fare during the yelutide is normal, as alot of people make more demand on transportation.
However in December 2020, the hike was higher than normal because of the increase in fuel price, and the restriction in the number of passenger in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.
As disclosed in a report released by the National Bureau of Statistics, titled ‘The Transport Fare Watch report for December 2020’, commuters paid an increase of 124.73% in December 2020 for journey made by motorcycles when compared to the previous year.
Furthermore, commuters paid 18.54% increase on Air, 78.50% increase on bus within the city, 41.14% increase on bus journey made intercity and 33.56% increase on water way in December 2020 when compared to the previous year.
As Highlighted in the report, “An average fare paid by commuters for bus journey within the city increased by 6.18% month-on-month and by 78.50% year-on-year to N354.49 in December 2020 from N333.86 in November 2020.
“States with the highest bus journey fare within city were Zamfara (N600.50), Bauchi (N526.30), and Cross River (N458.07) while States with lowest bus journey fare within city were Abia (N200.50), Anambra (N242.23), and Borno (N243.12).
“Average fare paid by commuters for bus journey intercity increased by 4.98% month-on-month and by 41.14% year-on-year to N2,532.19 in December 2020 from N2,240.66 in November 2020.
“States with highest bus journey fare intercity were Abuja FCT (N4,415.73), Sokoto (N3,255.20), and Lagos (N3,250.60) while States with lowest bus journey fare within city were Bayelsa (N1,550.73), Bauchi (N1,600.70), and Akwa Ibom (N1,700.54).
“Average fare paid by air passengers for specified routes single journey increased by 0.42% month-on-month and by 18.54% year-on-year to N36,454.59 in December 2020 from N36,301.74 in November 2020.
“States with highest air fare were Anambra (N38,700.00), Lagos (N38,550.00), Cross River (N38,500.00) while States with lowest air fare were Akwa Ibom (N32,600.00), Sokoto (N33,500.00), and Gombe (N34,750.00).
“Average fare paid by commuters for journey by motorcycle per drop increased by 6.14% month-on-month and by 124.73% year-on-year to N293.36 in December 2020 from N276.38 in November 2020.
“States with highest journey fare by motorcycle per drop were Niger (N1,575.70), Yobe (N397.45) and Imo (N397.42) while states with lowest journey fare by motorcycle per drop were Adamawa (N80.40), Katsina (N130.25) and Kebbi (N146.25).
“Average fare paid by passengers for water way passenger transport increased by 0.19% month-on-month and by 33.56% year-on-year to N758.27 in December 2020 from N756.84 in November 2020.
“States with highest fare by water way passenger transport were Delta (N2,300.35), Bayelsa (N2,240.00) and Rivers (N2,200.00) while states with lowest fare by water way passenger transport were Borno (N240.73), Gombe (N293.24) and Kebbi (N349.64).”
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