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National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) Rejects Hike in Taxi Fares in Ondo

18 February, 2021

With the upward review of taxi fares in Ondo State, the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has rejected the hike, saying it’s another way of adding to the hardship of the residents of the state especially the womenfolk.

The State President of the association, Pastor Mrs Jumoke Aborode while speaking with PATH Correspondent at the venue of award presentation to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Tobi Ogunleye frowned at the newly introduced fare regime, saying it is act of wickedness on the part of NURTW to increase transport fares at this time from N50 to N100 per drop.

She said women were at the receiving ends with the new price and badly affected despite the poor economy caused by the pandemic.

“What become of many women who are the breadwinners of their families? Some of them pay transport for 4 children from FUTA to Fiwasaye. This hike is ridiculous at this time of pandemic where many buinesses have collapsed with little or no profit”.

She said the union ought to pity the condition of women who are single mothers and widows who strived to earn a living and cater for their children. ” In fairness, N100 is on the high side, both the union and government must look into this hike”.

Mrs Aborode said the association was planning to embark on statewide protest but for the quick intervention of the Special Adviser to Mr Governor on Transport who assured them that government will work out a solution.

The state government has directed residents of the state to reject the hike in taxi fare introduced by NURTW. The union increased transport fare from N50 per drop to N100.

The state government also disassociated itself from the reported hike in daily ticket by taxi drivers from N250 to N750 which the Taxi drivers said led to the sharp increase.

While speaking with Tobi Ogunleye, SA Transport, he denied government involvement in the new price regime of taxi fares but quick to add that, government has begun to issued N300 daily ticket to the driver through NURTW, saying N200 go to government coffer and N100 to the union.

” NURTW had not been yielding anything to the purse of the state government unlike the Okada and Tricycle Riders who got their ticket from the government. The newly introduced N300 ticket by the government served as the union contribution to the IGR of the state since they are not paying tax directly to the government”.

He said the sharing formular of the N300 is N200 to the government coffer and N100 to the union. Barrister Ogunleye said the government ticket shouldn’t have necessitated the upward review from N50 to N100 per drop.

Meanwhile, Pastor Aborode appealed to the Governor to consider the plight of women in the state to ensure the fare is reverse to its original price. ” Urgent attention of Mr Governor is needed, the women in the state are not finding it easy to transport their children to school any longer”.

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