The cost of using the three modes of transport, land (rail and road) , waterways and air ,intra and inter States in the country increased in December last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics(NBS).
The Bureau made this disclosure in its monthly Fare Watch report for December 2020, published on its website and which covered fares for waterway transport, commuting by bus , motorbike intra and inter States and air fares for specified one way ticket among others.
It revealed that average fare paid by commuters for water way transport increased by 0.19% month-on-month and by 33.56% year-on-year to N758.27 in December 2020 from N756.84 in November 2020.
States with the highest fare for waterway transport were Delta ,N2,300.35 , Bayelsa ,N2,240.00 and Rivers N2,200.00, while states with the lowest fare by waterway passenger transport were Borno N240.73, Gombe ,N293.24, and Kebbi ,N349.64.
It however, revealed that average fare paid by commuters for bus journey within the city increased by 6.18% month-on-month and by 78.50% year-on-year to N354.49 in December 2020 from N333.86 in November 2020.
The report listed States with the highest bus ride fare within cities as Zamfara, N600.50, Bauchi ,N526.30), and Cross River ,N458.07, and those with lowest bus ride fare within city as Abia ,N200.50, Anambra ,N242.23, and Borno ,N243.12.
It said average fare paid by commuters for intercity bus journey increased by 4.98% month-on-month and by 41.14% year-on-year to N2,532.19 in December 2020 from N2,240.66 in November 2020.
According to him, States with highest bus journey fare intercity were Abuja FCT N4,415.73, Sokoto ,N3,255.20 and Lagos N3,250.60 while States with lowest bus journey fare within city were Bayelsa N1,550.7, Bauchi ,N1,600.70, and Akwa Ibom ,N1,700.54.
Average fare paid by air passengers for specified routes single journey increased by 0.42% month-on-month and by 18.54% year-on-year to N36,454.59 in December 2020 from N36,301.74 in November 2020.
States with highest air fare were said to be Anambra (N38,700.00), Lagos (N38,550.00), Cross River (N38,500.00), while States with lowest airfare were Akwa Ibom (N32,600.00), Sokoto (N33,500.00), and Gombe ,N34,750.00.
NBS disclosed that average fare paid by commuters for journey by motorcycle per drop increased by 6.14% month-on-month and by 124.73% year-on-year to N293.36 in December 2020 from N276.38 in November 2020.
States with highest journey fare by motorcycle per drop were Niger ,N1,575.70 , Yobe N397.45 and Imo N397.42, while states with lowest journey fare by motorcycle per drop were Adamawa ,N80.40, Katsina ,N130.25 and Kebbi ,N146.25.