The National Union of Road Transport Workers has praised the federal government for lifting the ban on the interstate travel in Nigeria.
Kabiru Yau who’s the Acting General Secretary of the union appealed to the government to subsidise operation cost for travelers and motorists.
He said the rules and regulations outlines by the federal government for the resumption of operations during the Coronavirus outbreak demands drivers to carry fewer passengers on each travel trip they make, but these will decrease their income.
Yau said “We thank the Federal Government for lifting the ban; it is a welcome development because it is over 3-months that our members have been out of jobs and without income.
“At least, our people will now start working and getting means of feeding their families.
“But at the same time, due to the spacing in the vehicles which will require the drivers to carry only 9 or 10 instead of the usual 18 passengers, the income of the drivers will be reduced.
“So we want the government to support in subsidising the cost of those passengers that we will not be carrying or we will have to increase our transport fares Healthforbes Media reporting.
“This is because the money that will be generated from the reduced number of passengers will barely cover the cost of fuel for the journey.