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Transportation situation at Christmas

Transportation of people and goods from one destination to another is a major feature during Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The number of people travelling during the season is mostly determined by the ability to pay.

Reacting to the development, the Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers, Bayelsa State Council, Comrade Eminah Dinyoerinyu said that patronage was very low compared to last year due to late payment of worker’s salaries which affected the movement of people.

Another operator, at the Tombia Amassoma Area, Mr. Brown Preye said there was no significant increase in the cost of vehicle fare to the different destinations.

A transport operator plying Opolo -Epie -Yenagoa to and fro Ogbia and Nembe, Mr. Ebiegberi Abrakasa explained that most people travel only for the New Year celebrations but stay at home to mark the Christmas.

Another operator plying Yenagoa Aleibiri in Ekeremor LGA, Mr. Abraham Enoch charged Government at all level to pay salaries of workers between fifteenth and twentieth of the particular month to enjoy major celebrations like that of Christmas and New Year.

A survey of some of the transport companies in the city indicates that there is no substantial increase in fares both on local routes and outside the state.

Yenagoa to Toru-Orua is one thousand naira, Yenagoa to Nembe is also one thousand naira, while to Angiama is eight hundred naira, and Angalabiri one thousand naira.

Yenagoa to Lagos by bus is five thousand naira, Yenagoa to Abuja six thousand naira, however Yenagoa to Port-Harcourt increased slightly from one thousand naira to one thousand two hundred naira.

Agbereowei Arumoh

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