The recent increase in transportation fare by the Bayelsa State Tricycle Operators has raised a lot of concern among passengers living in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Some of the regular passengers felt they are being exploited by the tricycle riders especially at this time when the country is witnessing serious economic crisis.
They have also called on the state government and other relative agencies to intervene over the situation.
Consequently, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC Central zone in a comminique by the chairman, Clever Inodu appealed to the tricycle riders to stick to the previous price of transportation to strike a balance between drivers and passengers.
But on the contrary, the Tricycle operators in a statement issued today in Yenagoa said that they are not responsible for the increase in transportation fare.
According to the statement, the Keke riders insisted that they informed the public through electronic media about this development, adding that the decision was unanimously agreed upon before increasing the transportation prices.
They further noted that they had no intention of exploiting Bayelsa passengers, alleging that those selling tricycle and retail spare parts should be blame.
One of the tricycle riders narrated that the retailers who sold tricycles and spare parts double the price of almost everything they sell to them.
He said: The people wey dey sell Keke and spare parts naim dey cause am, Dem add price to everything come make everything hard for us.
“Before we dey buy and process every Keke for 650 thousand naira but now na almost 950 thousand naira, hire purchase be like 1.5 million naira.”
Equally, they call on all relevant agency to do the needful by engaging those who sell tricycles and spares to reduce the sales price in tricycle and spare.