‘Increase in transport fares not our fault’, –NURTW appeals to passengers
NEWSMAN, Abuja – The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW)on Wednesday said the spike in road transport fares is not intentional or made to punish passengers.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Acting General Secretary of the union, Kabiru Yau, said the vehicle owners rather than the workers union were responsible for the increase in fares.
Yau was reacting to an earlier publication in the media where the union requested for the Federal government’s support in form of transport subsidies or risk an increase in the cost of transportation.
The COVID-19 guidelines by the government requires commercial vehicles to carry fewer passengers than normal on each trip, thereby reducing the income of the motorists.
“Following an earlier statement that we (NURTW) will increase transport cost due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“I wish to state that the NURTW is a workers union that have the interest of Nigeria and the general public at heart”, Yau said.
“It is not our intention or in our place to increase the cost of transportation in the country. The car owners are the ones saddled with that responsibility. The union will continue to do everything within its power to ensure the peace and safety of travellers and Nigerians,” the transport union official added.