New Naira Notes: Commuters bemoan hardship
By Halima Abdulkadiri
As the scarcity of the new Naira notes continues to bite harder, commuters on the outskirt of Abuja have lamented their hardships.
They said the lack of the new notes has increased transportation fare to and fro Abuja Municipal Area and other areas in the Federal Capital Territory.
According to them, the hike in fare is due to lack of Premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as petrol, adding that the product now sells for N320 per litre in Fuel station and N450 at the black market.
Northeast Star reports that transportation fare for workers living in the border community between Nasarawa and Abuja has increased from 200 to 400.
However, Nigerians have swarmed banks and markets across the country, while reports of the scarcity have paralyzed businesses and many people’s normal daily activities.
Some of the commuters who spoke with Northeastar Magazine said, they were paying N300 from Mararaba to Wuse but now pay N500 as a result of thefuel crisis and new Naira Note challenge.
However, it could be noted that significant percentage of workers in Abuja reside in these Abuja-Nasarawa border communities of Nyanya, Mararaba, Ado and Masaka respectively.
According to the commuters, the hike in transportation fare has become so much on those that go to work on a daily basis, calling on government to intensify efforts in making sure the new notes are circulation to reduce their hardships.