The latest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed that the average transport fare for bus journey within cities in the country increased by 7.92 percent, month-on-month, in September 2020.
The NBS Transport Fare Watch report for August 2020, which was released on October 16, 2020, covers the following categories namely bus journey within the city per drop constant route; bus journey intercity, state route, charge per person; airfare charge for specified routes single journey; journey by motorcycle (Okada) per drop; and waterway passenger transport.
According to the report, the average fare paid by commuters for bus journey within the city increased by 7.92% month-on-month and by 63.88% year-on-year to N309.73 in September 2020 from N286.99 in August 2020.
The NBS further reported that, in the period under review, states with the highest bus journey fare within the city were Zamfara (N579.84), Bauchi (N492.14) and Cross River (N416.32).
On the other hand, states with the lowest bus journey fare within the city were Abia (N188.50), Kebbi (N192.48) and Borno (N200.80).
Also, average fare paid by commuters for bus journey intercity increased by 0.36% month-on-month and by 24.30% year-on-year to N2,022.70 in September 2020 from N2,015.50 in August 2020.
States that recorded the highest bus journey fare intercity were Abuja FCT (N4,315.22), Lagos (N3,073.25) and Sokoto (N3,000.00) while States with lowest bus journey fare within city were Kwara (N223.45), Benue (N274.64) and Ondo (N291.07).
Also, average fare paid by air passengers for specified routes single journey decreased by -4.59% month-on-month and increased by 20.60% year-on-year to N36,884.59 in September 2020 from N38,659.86 in August 2020.
NBS data shows that states with highest air fare were Lagos (N39,750.00), Rivers (N39,520.00), Anambra (N38,950.00) while States with lowest airfare were Akwa Ibom (N32,500.00), Sokoto (N33,700.00), and Benue (N35,000.00).
The NBS also reported an increase in the fare paid by commuters for the journey by motorcycle (Okada).
Transport fare for journey by motorcycle per drop increased by 10.47% month-on-month and by 111.11% year-on-year to N255.51 in September 2020 from N231.29 in August 2020.
States with highest journey fare by motorcycle per drop were Niger (N1,467.49), Kogi (N362.47) and Rivers (N345.80) while states with lowest journey fare by motorcycle per drop were Adamawa (N76.55), Katsina (N100.84) and Kebbi (N125.60).
In the same vein, the average fare paid by passengers for water-way passenger transport increased by 7.06% month-on-month and by 34.13% year-on-year to N734.26 in September 2020 from N685.82 in August 2020.
States with highest fare by waterway passenger transport were Bayelsa (N2,250.23), Rivers (N2,200.64) and Delta (N2,150.30) while states with the lowest fare by waterway passenger transport were Borno (N200.48), Gombe (N264.29) and Abuja FCT (N294.10).
The NBS explained that fieldwork for the report was carried out by over 700 staff in all states of the federation, supported by supervisors who were monitored by internal and external observers.
Prices were collected across all the 774 local governments across all states and the FCT from over 10,000 respondents and locations, according to the Bureau.