Residents of Yenagoa Bayelsa State capital have again expressed worry over the hike in transportation fare resulting in one hundred naira per drop for short distances.
There are indications that the hike which started during last year’s flood through the yuletide has come to stay as tricycle operators are finding it difficult to go back to the usual fifty naira per drop for short distances.
A civil servant, Lucky Egrenbido, who described the situation as unfortunate, called on government and relevant agencies for price control to help ameliorate their plights.
She said the situation has made her walk more on foot to the office to reduce her monetary expenses without salary increase.
A fruit seller who pleaded anonymity appealed to tricycle operators to consider the plight of commuters and reduce the fare to fifty naira for short distances.
On their part, some commercial tricycle operators, Mr. Anyaolushuw Agwu and Mr. Kingsley Sunday attributed the hike to increasing cost of fuel and spare parts in the market.
They also appealed to Bayelsa State government to meet with petroleum marketers and check meters at filling stations to ease the suffering of the masses.
According to staff reporters, Doumopiere Daniel and Queen Butor, fuel in Yenagoa sells between three hundred and thirty naira or above at some filling stations, while black marketers sell at four hundred upward depending on the area.
They also noted that commuters are made to pay a hundred naira per drop with short distances inclusive.