Commuters in the Enugu metropolis were stranded at various bus stops on Monday, following a sharp rise in transport fares, due to an acute fuel scarcity in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that school children, workers and traders were stranded at bus stops, due to non availability of vehicles.
The development made commercial vehicle operators to increases fares, forcing many to resort to trekking.
Investigations showed that commercial buses charged between N80 and N100 from Abakpa Nike to Old Park and Obiagu as against the previous fare of N50.
The same situation obtained at Garki, Emene, Trans-Ekulu and Uwani, where commuters paid as much as N150 to get to their destinations.
Some of the commuters, who spoke to NAN, said they had waited for up to 40 minutes to an hour, to get transport.
At Mayor Bus Stop on Agbani Road, Edith Okafor, a student of Queens’ School, Enugu, said she was told to pay N80 as against N40.
Jude Eboh, a student of Government Training College on Abakaliki Road, said he could not afford the fare as he had only N100 for transport.
Some students of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, attending lectures at the Agbani Campus of the university in the Nkanu West LGA, said they paid N200 as against N100 to get to school.
Cynthia Onuh and Okey Eneh said the situation had posed untold hardships to students as they could not afford the fares.
Some commercial vehicle operators said they purchased fuel at N150 per litre, adding that they spent the whole day in queues at filling stations.
One of them, Mr Chibuike Onwe, appealed to the Federal Government to address the situation urgently.
A taxi driver, Mr Victor Eze, said that transport fares increased because of the increase in the cost of petroleum products.
Tricycle operators also complained bitterly over the latest round of fuel scarcity in the country.
Oil-producing Nigeria has often faced acute fuel scarcity, causing severe hardships to citizens of Africa’s most populous nation.