Barely one day to the Sallah festival, transport fare has gone up in Osogbo and some other major towns in Osun due to increase in the number of commuters who are travelling to various destinations for the festival.
Our correspondent reports in Osogbo that the slight increase had affected intra-city, intra-state and inter-state transport sections.
A visit to Olaiya, Old garage, Okefia, New garage and Oke Ijetu motor parks within Osogbo showed that many intending travellers besieged the parks.
Osogbo to Akure which was N600 a week ago is now N800 while the fare from Osogbo to Ado-Ekiti which used to be N500 is now N700.
Transport fare from Osogbo to Ibadan, Abeokuta and Lagos have jumped from N300, N600 and N800 to N400, N700 and N1000 respectively.
At Okefia garage, Osogbo to Ogbomoso fare now costs N600 instead of N500 while travellers from Osogbo to Ilorin will pay N700 instead of N500 being charged in the past.
Intra city minibuses now charge N30 instead of N20, taxi cabs charge N40 instead of N30 while commercial motorcycle operators now charge between N50 and N80 depending on the distance as against N30 and N50 a week ago.
A cross section of the commercial drivers said the situation was due to increase in the number of security check points on the roads.
Wasiu Ademola, a driver shuttling Osogbo to Ibadan said, “there are 10 check points between Osogbo and Ibadan, we have to settle them to guide against intimidation and harassment”.
Another driver who simply identified himself as Lewanje, added that the increase was due to the influx of passengers to the various parks.
Some of the travellers said they were not surprised by the increase because it was an annual event for commercial drivers to hike their transport fare.
Mr Lukman Bamisaye said he had prepared himself for the journey, “the important thing is to get to my destination peacefully”.