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Osun residents decry high transport fares, petrol price


Residents of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, have decried the present gas shortage going through the city.

Additionally they lamented the excessive price of commuting inside and outdoors the state capital.

Talking with DAILY POST on Monday, they lamented that the gas subject has change into a sore that has refused to heal even with completely different authorities interventions.

A civil servant, merely recognized as Michael, lamented that he spent N1,000 to get to the Osun State Authorities Secretariat from his residence at Ayekale space.

“I took a business motorbike to Ikirun street the place I boarded a minibus to Abere. In all I’ve spent greater than N1,000 to get to the workplace this morning. Solely God is aware of how a lot I’ll spend at shut of labor as a result of that’s normally the push hour.

“What is occurring in Osogbo with reference to the excessive price of on a regular basis merchandise is alien to us. I don’t know if we are able to deal with it,” he stated.

Equally, Tosin Odejimi, who revealed that he involves Osogbo from Ife each day because of an instructional engagement stated he was unsure he’ll have the ability to make courses with the excessive price of transportation.

“I couldn’t board a bus from the motorpark from Ife to Osogbo in the present day. It was N1,500 which is simply too costly for me. I made do with staying by the street aspect to flag down an oncoming bus.

“I pray that by the point I’m going again on the finish of courses, I’ll get a bus going to Ife at N1,000.

“The extra it will get darkish, the dearer it turns into,” he stated.

Clement Ogunsusi, one other civil servant, disclosed that if the state of affairs stays the identical by the tip of the week, he should park his automotive and make do with public transportation.

This he stated is as a result of excessive price and shortage of petrol in Osogbo.

A dad or mum, Kafayat Lawal, additionally revealed that her youngsters would keep at house all through the week.

In accordance with her, “I by no means anticipated my expertise on Monday. I used to be so discouraged that I virtually took my youngsters again house. I don’t need to expertise that stress once more. Transportation was so excessive and on the primary day of faculty resumption.

“Authorities ought to do one thing as a result of it’s actually unhealthy.”

Checks by DAILY POST revealed that Owode-Ede to Olaiya Junction which was N200 final week had jumped to N300.

Minibus fare from Home of Meeting junction to the state authorities secretariat goes for N200 fairly than the outdated price of N100.

Ogo-Oluwa to Technical School goes for N300 fairly than the outdated charge of N200 whereas Technical School to Ogo-Oluwa goes for N250.

Additionally, Ogo-Oluwa to Olaiya Junction which final week was N100 had gone as much as N200.

Commerical motorcyclists plying completely different routes inside Osogbo have additionally elevated their fares by 200 per cent relying on the route.

Additionally, lengthy queues have began to floor in filling stations whereas others have been abandoned.

Among the motorists lamented that the price of PMS per litre was nearing the N800 mark.

DAILY POST recalled that on Sunday, the Osun State Authorities, by its taskforce on Petroleum Value Monitoring, on Sunday, warned homeowners of petrol stations throughout the State in opposition to hoarding petroleum merchandise to create synthetic shortage.

The warning was issued in an announcement by the taskforce Chairman and the Chief of Workers to the State Governor, Kazeem Akinleye.

The federal government stated it got here to the choice to subject the warning after surveillance stories indicated a pattern in the direction of hoarding of petrol by entrepreneurs.

The state authorities, whereas reminding entrepreneurs of the already harsh financial state of affairs on the members of the general public, urged them to be public spirited of their pricing of petroleum merchandise, the taskforce.

The federal government additionally warned that hoarders arrested will face the complete wrath of the legislation.

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