Average intercity fare increases by 1.43% MoM to N1, 666.57 in December –NBS

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By Kayode Tokede

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said average intercity fare increased by 1.43 per cent Month-on-Month (MoM) to N1,666.57 in December 2019.

The transport fare watch report for December 2019 by NBS covers the following categories namely bus journey within the city per drop constant route; bus journey intercity, state route, charge per person; air fare charge for specified routes single journey; journey by motorcycle (Okada) per drop; and water way passenger transport.

The report released on Thursday stated that, “Average fare paid by commuters for bus journey within the city increased by 3.41per cent MoM and by 9.35per cent year-on-year to N198.59 in December 2019 from N192.05 in November 2019.

“States with highest bus journey fare within city were Zamfara (N334.00), Cross River (N310.00) and Abuja FCT (N300.00) while States with lowest bus journey fare within city were Bauchi (N110.00), Anambra (N145.00) and Sokoto (N146.00).

“Average fare paid by commuters for bus journey intercity increased by 1.43per cent month-on-month and by 5.54per cent year-on-year to N1,666.57 in December 2019 from  N1,643.00 in November 2019.

“States with highest bus journey fare intercity were Abuja FCT (N4,200.00), Adamawa (N2,546.00) and Borno (N2,500.00) while States with lowest bus journey fare within city were Enugu (N964.00), Bauchi (N965.00) and Bayelsa (N1000.00).

“Average fare paid by air passengers for specified routes single journey increased by 0.36per cent month-on-month and decreased by -2.28per cent year-on-year to N31,471.62 in December 2019 from N30,641.35 in November 2019.

“States with highest air fare were Rivers (N35,450.00), Jigawa (N35,300.00), Kwara (N35,260.00) while States with lowest air fare were Katsina (N24,600.00), Sokoto (N25,300.00), and Kano (N25,400.00).

“Average fare paid by commuters for journey by motorcycle per drop increased by 3.98 per cent month-on-month and by 10.30 per cent year-on-year to N130.54 in December 2019 from N125.54 in November 2019.

“States with highest journey fare by motorcycle per drop were Rivers (N260.00), Kogi/Lagos (N200.00) and Ogun (N198.00) while states with lowest journey fare by motorcycle per drop were Adamawa (N62.00), Jigawa (N67.00) and Katsina (N68.00).

“Average fare paid by passengers for water way passenger transport increased by 1.56 per cent month-on-month and decreased by -0.15per cent year-on-year to N567.73 in December 2019 from N559.00 in November 2019.

“States with highest fare by water way passenger transport were Delta (N1,890.00), Bayelsa (N1,847.00) and Rivers (N1,799.00) while states with lowest fare by water way passenger transport were Borno (N135.00), Gombe (N197.00) and Ebonyi (N199.00).