President Tinubu's Fuel Subsidy Removal Forces Commuters to Embrace Public Transport

President Tinubu's Fuel Subsidy Removal Forces Commuters to Embrace Public Transport

 

 

 

 

President Tinubu’s Fuel Subsidy Removal Forces Commuters to Embrace Public Transport

 

In a move that has sent shockwaves through the nation, President Bola Tinubu’s decision to eliminate fuel subsidies has triggered a seismic shift in commuting habits for many middle-class workers.

Since President Tinubu’s announcement on May 29, declaring the end of fuel subsidies on Premium Motor Spirit, commonly known as petrol, the price of fuel has witnessed an unprecedented surge.

 

Within just two days of the subsidy removal, fuel prices soared from N198 per litre to an alarming average of N500 per litre, reaching over N600 per litre in numerous states across the country. The abrupt increase has compelled commuters, particularly the middle class, to make significant adjustments in their daily routines.

 

For instance, Evangel Irenonse, a resident of Lagos, used to fill up his Lexus RX300 fuel tank for approximately N12,000 when fuel was priced at N198 per litre. Now, with the price reaching N600 per litre, he finds himself spending nearly N37,000 to fill up the same tank.

In response, he has opted to abandon his car and turn to more economical alternatives.

 

Irenonse shared his experience, saying,

“I commute from Meiran to Yaba daily.  If I use my car, I’d have to spend around 8k to fill up my Lexus RX300 fuel tank. However, by utilizing public transport, including the BRT and staff buses, I spend only 1,500, which is a far more cost-effective option.

” He continued, “The use of staff buses and BRT has not only helped me save costs but also reduced my commute time significantly due to the government’s efforts to create congestion-free lanes.

 

“He added, “There were occasions when I had to stand in long queues at the BRT station to catch a ride, and I won’t deny that it wasn’t the most pleasant experience. “When asked if this was his first time resorting to public transport, Irenonse revealed,

“This isn’t the first time I’ve made this choice; I previously used public transport during election periods to avoid traffic, and now it’s due to the fuel price hike.

 

Overall, the experience has been satisfactory, aside from the occasional standing during the commute.”Another commuter, Apata Adedotun, who works as an event planner, echoed similar sentiments.

 

“Since the fuel price increase, I’ve stopped taking my car to work. Public transport has proven to be both cheaper and faster. Surprisingly, traffic congestion has significantly reduced since the fuel price hike,” he stated.

He continued, “Switching to public transport has allowed me to save on commuting costs. Although the initial adjustment to the bus system was challenging, with time, I adapted to this new lifestyle. Driving to work is now out of the question for me.

“Opting for public transport has helped me save money, and I tend to leave my house earlier than before because I no longer have control over road conditions.

 

However, I don’t have to pick up passengers, detour, or navigate traffic-heavy routes as I did when I drove.

Consequently, I still arrive at work within a similar time frame,” Adedotun explained.

When asked about his daily transport expenses, Adedotun revealed, “When I drive, I spend around five thousand naira, but with public transport, it’s only one thousand and four hundred naira per day.”

 

Source: New telegraph 

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