Hundreds of stranded commuters on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Wednesday in Lagos appealed to the Federal Government to end petrol scarcity which affected transport cost. The commuters disclosed in interviews that scarcity of petrol caused an increase in transport cost and reduced the number of commercial vehicles in operation. A correspondent, who took a trip to the highway, reports that hundreds of commuters were stranded at various bus stops, including Ilepo, Iyana Ipaja, Dopemu, Cement and Ikeja Along.
They scampered for spaces in the few available commercial vehicles. Transporters also increased fares at Iyana Ipaja, Dopemu and Cement bus stop by 100 per cent or more. Commercial buses charged from N400 to N500 from the bus stops to Yaba instead of N200, and demanded from N200 to N400 for transport from the bus stops to Oshodi as a against N100 or N150.
A food vendor in Ikeja, Mrs Husna Shehu, appealed to the Federal Government to intensify efforts to end fuel scarcity to alleviate the suffering of road users and other Nigerians.