Abuja taxi drivers lament ban on mini buses

Abuja taxi drivers say they have fewer passengers.

Some taxi operators in Abuja said they recorded low patronage on Saturday as a result of the restriction on movement of mini-buses within the Nigerian capital.

A taxi driver, Lawal Akanbi, who operates between Garki and Wuse, said business had slowed down drastically.

“It is not easy, as you can see; I cannot even see a single passenger from Area1 to Wuse Market because since mini-buses are no longer operating, transport fares have been increased.

“Because of the new policy in the FCT on the restriction of mini-buses some people prefer relaxing at home during the weekend instead of spending so much money on transport,’’ he said.

He appealed to the government to provide more buses so that people would be encouraged to move around the city, especially at the weekend.

Ikechukwu Nwabueze, a taxi driver who operates in Central Area in the city, said the policy made people use their private cars instead of moving in taxis.

He said people do not trouble themselves using taxis because the fare is high and since the situation does not affect scarcity of fuel, they use their cars instead.

Another taxi driver, Abiodun Yusuf, said the development had reduced business activities, saying: “Apart from us the taxi drivers, the situation has also affected cost of food items.

“Traders are recording very low patronage because customers want to manage the little money they have.’’

He appealed to the Federal Government to find a solution to the transport situation in Abuja.


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