Commercial drivers at Mile 2 International Park have been lamenting about the low passenger turnout in recent times.
Mile 2 International Park which is well-known for its hustle and bustle; there is never a quiet moment, and drivers are constantly looking for the next available passenger to take them to their destinations has suddenly become the shadow of itself.
Our correspondent who went to the park to witness activities reported that things were not as usual, and the park was not as crowded as expected.
The park has really not been the same since the Covid-19 outbreak, according to vendors and commercial drivers.
One of the food vendors at the park, Favour disclosed that business has been good for her and other food sellers.
“Perhaps it’s because people have to eat, but I felt bad for the drivers because there are no passengers.” She stated.
Muhammed (pseudonym), a Bureau de Change, remarked that business is indeed not what it used to be, and that transactions are scarce because the majority of his customers are travelers.
Dele (pseudonym), a driver on the Lagos-Ghana route, also revealed that the cost of transportation is N60000 per person, with the increase attributed to the pandemic crisis, as borders remain blocked and truckers must pay more to take other routes.
Dele complained that the union is making life difficult for the drivers by forcing them to pay N30000 for each journey, which he believes is excessive.
The closure of the borders, according to Frank (pseudonym), who also drives along the Lagos-Togo route, is a major factor in the challenges they are currently facing.
According to Frank, truckers who drive along the Lagos-Togo road pay the union N20000, which he finds to be excessive.