The Government of Ekiti State has declared war against hike in prices
of goods and services with a charge on Transport Unions and other
relevant groups to make a downward review in the prices of goods and
services. The State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi at a meeting with leaders of
Transport Unions and other stakeholders in Ado- Ekiti recently
expressed surprise at the sudden and rapid increase in transport fare
and prices of commodities in the State.
At the meeting were leaders and representatives of National Union of
Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association
of Nigeria (RTEAN), Pick-up and Lorry Association of Nigeria (PLAN),
Okada Riders Association, Tricycle Riders Association, National
Association of Cooperative Transport and Tipper Drivers Association.
Dr. Fayemi who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon Biodun
Omoleye, said the meeting was in demonstration of Government’s concern
over skyrocketed prices in transport fare which has impacted
negatively on the prices of goods and services in the State compared
to what is obtainable in the neighboring States.
The Governor gave an instance of the transport fare from Ado Ekiti to
Akure, which is less than 45km. Which used to be N500 before but now
costs between N1,400 and N1,500, whereas transport fare of a similar
distance from Akure to Owo in Ondo State still goes for N500.
He said; “the Government is worried about the high cost of price of
goods and services in the State and has directed that a cross section
of stakeholders in the various groups be invited for dialogue of which
the transport sector is crucial.
“You will recollect that in the last few weeks, there have been cries
by commuters that transport fare within the State is prohibitive.
Examples were cited that transport fare to Akure used to be N500,
gradually it went to N700 and now, it is between N1400 to N1500 a
distance less than 45 kilometers.
“Similarly we observed that in Ondo State, Akure and Owo Township
which is also 45 kilometers is still N500 while Akure to Ondo is under
N500, so we find no justification in price hike in Ekiti State,
particularly Ado metropolis.
“If you are traveling between Ado Ekiti and Abuja, it ranges now
between N6500 and N7000, while in Akure for instance it is less than
N4000. Whatever is the cause of hike in transport fare in Ekiti is
worrisome to Government.”
The situation, according to the Governor, has affected other sectors
of the economy resulting in increase in the price of goods and
services which has placed a burden of hardship on the people of the
Expressing the readiness of Government to crash the price of commodity
in the State, Fayemi assured that a taskforce comprising of
representatives of various economic sectors would be constituted to
monitor and regulate the prices of commodity across the State.
While promising that Government would not fail in performing its
statutory responsibility in creating and sustaining a business
friendly environment, the Governor stressed that anyone that failed to
comply with government regulations to make life comfortable for the
people of the State would be sanctioned accordingly.
He disclosed that another meeting had been slated for Monday evening
to enable leadership of the Transport Unions meet with their members
and resolve a downward review of transport fare across the State.
He said: “We want to assure the people of the State that Government is
on top of this prohibitive cost of transportation and we have declared
emergency in the commodity and service prices for now in Ekiti. We
hope that in the next five days, this high cost would be resolved for
the good of all.”
Earlier, The State Chairman of Road Transport Employers’ Association
of Nigeria (RTEAN), Ekiti State Chapter Olanbiwonninu Rotimi and
others who spoke on behalf of their unions said the hike in Petroleum
product, vehicle spare parts and the Covid-19 guidelines that
restricted commercial vehicles from operating in full capacity were
responsible for the hike in transport fare.
They lamented that proceeds from trips embarked upon by transporters
barely cover the cost of purchasing fuel if they don’t operate in full
Others at the meeting were the Speaker of the State House of Assembly,
Hon Funminiyi Afuye represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Hakeem
Jamiu, Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Barr Akin
Omole, Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua,
Ado Local Government Chairperson, Mrs Omotunde Fajuyi, Senior Special
Assistant on Community Engagement and Enlightenment, Chief (Mrs.)
Tosin Ajisafe-Aluko and others.