03 July 2013, Kaduna – Transport fares and the cost of petrol have gone up in Kaduna due to the ongoing three-day warning strike commenced on Tuesday by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that filling stations in Kaduna city remained shut for the second day running forcing vehicle owners to patronise fuel black marketers.
A gallon of petrol is now sold for N700 as against N500 before the strike, and one of the black market operators, Bashir Shaye, said “the price would increase day by day until the strike has been called off”.
Similarly, transport fares have witnessed slight increase in some parts of the metropolis.
A resident, Stella Auta said she was made to pay N80 as against the usual N60 fare from Sabon Tasha to Kasuwa, while passengers going to Goningora from Kasuwa were asked to pay N120 as against N100.
Mr Steven Kalu, the Vice Chairman of Kontogora Road Motor Park of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, urged the Federal Government and the union to settle the problem as quickly as possible.