Despite directives by Unions' leaders and the state government on the necessity for downward review of charges on commuters across the state, members of the drivers's unions have remained rooted to their old exhorbitant charges.
The State government and the transport unions' leaders had last week engaged commercial vehicle operators on the imperative of reducing high transportation charges as obtained in the state.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, at a meeting held at Jibowu Hall Governor's Office, in Ado Ekiti, had commended the transport unions for accepting reduction in transport fare.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon Biodun Omoleye, the governor promised to support the transport unions with loans and reduction in the cost of auto spare parts, stressing the commitment of his administration to making life easy for for the people.
He equally assured his government would continue to dialogue and negotiate with other critical stakeholders to achueve downward review of prices of commodities and services in the State.
Said he: "This is the beauty of dialogue. We started this meeting with commercial transport associations in Ekiti State with the understanding to bring down transport fare in Ekiti State. We appreciate the good gesture from the transporters.
"You can be assured that government will do everything within its power to assist and support your unions. The Commissioner for Commerce is listening and all our development agencies are also being advised to bring succour to the transport unions.
"Pls be assured that your request for support in procuring buses for mass transit is being looked into. We have also promised that essential spare parts would also be made available for your members," Fayemi said, adding that other stakeholders in the transport sector would be carried along on the latest development.
State Chairman of Road Transport Employer's Association of Nigerian (RTEAN), Ekiti State Chapter, Olanbiwonninu Rotimi who spoke on behalf of others announced that members of the union had agreed that some of the prices would be reverted to the old prices while some would be reviewed downwards.
His words: "Transport fare from Ado Ekiti to Akure, according to him will now revert to N900 as against the current price of N1,500 while that of Ado to Lagos was reverted to the old price of N2,500 as against N3,500.
He clarified that commuters from Ado to Ibadan can now pay N1500 as against N2,500, while the price of Ado to Onitsha was reduced from N5200 to N3500.
"Fares to towns like Ikole, Omuo, Oye, Ido, Iworoko,Ise, Emure, Ikere according to the RTEAN Boss have been returned to the old prices.
But findings have revealed the contrary, as Ado to Iworoko which was increased from N100-N150, had not been reversed to the old price of N100, passengers still pay N150.
A driver who spoke with journalists noted that the increase in pump prices of petrol and high cost of vehicle parts stand in the way of implementing the review.
His words: "The union leaders who spoke at the meeting know the reality,they probably conceded the negotiations to gain favour from government,if government wants downward review, let them begin from petroleum prices,motorparts and some essential goods,but for now,people would still need to cope with the old price. Let the review begin from government."