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Fuel price: Transporters hike fares in Calabar

Commercial transport operators in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, have increased their fares by about 100 percent.

The operators blamed the situation on the increase in the pump price of petrol to N200 per litre.

For instance, a trip from Eta Agbor to Marian and Mobil which attracted a fee N100 before has now increased N150.

Also, tricycle operators now collect N100 for a trip from Goldie to Watt market rather than the N50 they hitherto collected from commuters.

Cab drivers also charged N100 for a trip of N50, saying they cannot buy fuel for N200 per litre and still charge the old fare.

Some filling stations such as Finefield on Goldie were not dispensing the product on Monday morning, with its gates firmly locked.

Contacted, the Transport Commissioner, Oqua Edet, said that he was not aware of such development.

“If I find out such is true, I will summon a meeting with the transport unions in the state to address the issue,” he said.

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