Traveling for Christmas in 2018: All over the world, the ember months keep people energized and bursting with excitement. This last quarter of the year is when all the jollification, partying and family reunion happens, that time when you have to leave whatever it is that has been holding you from the beginning of the year until the very end and find your way back to those that matter to you, a time to cherish,, share life experiences, make jokes, go over childhood memories, have a blast with series of consumables, hang out at interesting spots, see a movie with family, visit the zoo etc. the list is typically endless. One of the ember months stand out from the rest and without being told, everyone already knows that the almighty December is being referenced here as it plays host yearly to the birth of one of the greatest men to ever walk the surface of the earth, a man of the spiritual realm, who descended into the body of man to live amongst its subject just to know how to best serve them and that man is no other than Jesus Christ.

Another feature of December that endears it to the heart of all and sundry is the closeness of the last day of everyone’s favorite month i.e. December 31st to the first day of each year, this last day of December is where the magic happens everywhere around the world, in Nigeria for instance, there is usually a watchnight around the nation, a night for friends, families and work associates to gather round in clubhouses, churches and other agreed upon places to have the last bit of fun, make plans for the new year, review the plans made the previous year and for those who are believers, pray, bind plus cast every spirit that might make the year they are about to enter an uneventful year. Regardless of how colorful the picture I have painted above might occur, there are several factors that might make it less desirable for some. One of such factors is transportation.

Transportation in Nigeria is essential to our day to day activities. Whether you like it or not, moving from place to place every day is as important as getting something to eat in the morning, afternoon and night. The bummer with transportation in Nigeria especially during the festive period is usually split in two ways; i)Greed & ii) fuel Scarcity. From the greed point of view, it cannot be said to only be a Nigerians thing as many all over the world activate their rush hour mode very close to the end of the year, November/December to be precise, all their dreams and ambitions that they had refused to work towards from the beginning of the year becomes something they get “passionate” or clearly put, desperate about at the very end of the year. It is the reason why there are so many ritual killings and accidents in the ember months, everyone everywhere are rushing to achieve something, it might be that housing project they had been working on for a couple of months now, extra cash to get a brand new car, money to get Christmas provisions for various family members etc.

Fuel scarcity, on the other hand, has been something that has been plaguing the nation for long, the issue can be traced as far back as 1966 when General Yakubu Gowon was head of state, petrol pump price in from 6kobo to 8.45kobo. Here is an overview of how fuel prices have increased in Nigeria over the years.

Head of State period Former price After price change Hike percentage
Muritala 1976 8.45k 9k 0.59%
Obasanjo October 1, 1978 9k 15.3k 70%
Shagari April 20, 1982 15.3k 20k 30.71%
Babangida March 31 1986 20k 39.5k 97.5%
  42k
60k
60k
70k
Shonekan N5
Abacha 3.25k
   October 2,1994        N3.25k N15     361.54%
 

 

 

   October 4,1994        N15 N11     -26.67%
Abubakar December, 20, 1998 N11 N25 127.27%
January 6,1999 N25 N20 -20%

These two humongous factors hit Nigeria as a nation yearly and nothing has been done to curb it and ease the hardship of its citizens during the festive periods i.e. New year, Christmas celebration, Easter celebration, eid kabir, sallah and during the nationwide celebrated independence day. As of today, the 8th day of December. 2018, these are the transport prices as gathered from different sources;

 

Lagos To Umuahia By Road. —-> N5,500

Lagos To Warri By Road. N4,500
Return Ticket is N6,500 #CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Asaba By Road. N4,000 Return Ticket Is N6,500

Lagos To Benin By Road. N3,000 Return Ticket Is N5,000 #CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Onitsha By Road. N4,500 Return Ticket is N6,500 #CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Maiduguri By Road. N8,500 ReturnTicket is N13,500 #CrossCountryTr ansport

Lagos To Bauchi by road. N8,000 Return Ticket is N12,000 #CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Jos by road. N6,500 Return Ticket is N11,000 #CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Eket By Road. N7,000 Return Ticket is N10,000 #CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Minna By Road.. N6,500#CrossCou ntryTransport

Lagos To Uyo By Road. N6,500 Return Ticket is N9,000

Lagos To Calabar By Road N7,000 Return Ticket is N10,000

Lagos To Owerri By Road. N5,500 Return Ticket is N8,000 #CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Portharcout By Road. N5,900 Return Ticket is N9,000#CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Markurdi By Road N5,000 Return Ticket is N8,500

Lagos To Lafia By Road . N6,500 Return Ticket is N10,000 #CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Kaduna By Road. N6,500 Return Ticket is N11,900

Lagos To Kano By ROAD. N8,000 Return Ticket N13,000 #CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Sokoto By ROAD. N8,000 Return Ticket N13,000 #CrossCountryTransport

Lagos To Abuja by Road. N5,900 Return Ticket is N9,000 #CrossCountryTransport

GOD IS Good Motors

Abuja – Asaba Class Price Normal N4050

Benin – Lagos
Class Price First Class N3200
Class Price Normal N2800
Class Price Business N3000
Class Price Non-AC N2300

Benin – Abuja
Class Price AC N3500

Iyana-Ipaja – Benin
Class Price AC N2050

Volks – Benin
Class Price AC N2200

Asaba – Abuja
Class Price Normal N4200

Asaba – Lagos
Class Price Non-AC N2700
Class Price Normal N3100
Class Price First Class N3900
Class Price Business Class N3500

Volks – Onitsha
Class Price AC N2850
Class Price Non-AC N2350
Class Price Normal N2550

Iyana-Ipaja – Onitsha
Class Price AC N3150
Class Price Normal N2850

Enugu – Abuja
Class Price Normal N3300

Enugu – Lagos
Class Price Normal N2800

Abuja – Enugu
Class Price Normal N3500

Lagos(Festac Gate) – Enugu
Class Price AC N3300

Abuja(Utako) – Benin
Class Price AC N3200

Abuja(Utako) – Lagos
Class Price AC N5000

Abuja(Utako) – Onitsha
Class Price AC N4000

Lagos(Festac Gate) – Onitsha
Class Price Business N3100
Class Price Non-AC N2500
Class Price Normal N2800

Lagos(Festac Gate) – Abuja
Class Price AC N4300

Iyana-Ipaja – Abuja
Class Price AC N4850

Ajah – Onitsha
Class Price AC N3800
Class Price Non-AC N3500

Ajah – Benin
Class Price AC N2800
Class Price Non-AC N2500

Ajah – Abuja
Class Price AC N4900

Ajah – Enugu
Class Price AC N4300

Ajah – Warri
Class Price AC N3900

Ajah – Port-Harcourt
Class Price AC N4900

Ajah – Bayelsa
Class Price AC N4800

ABC TRANSPORT

LAGOS – AWKA BY ROAD. —>N4,900 RETURN TICKET—–> N9,400

LAGOS – ABUJA BY ROAD—> N5,100 RETURN TICKET —–> N9,800

LAGOS – BENIN REGULAR CLASS N1,900

EXECUTIVE EXPRESS N2,000 RETURN TICKET N3,400

LAGOS – CALABAR BY ROAD
EXECUTIVE EXPRESS—-> N4,750 RETURN TICKET N8,900

LAGOS – JOS
REGULAR CLASS N4,500
EXECUTIVE EXPRESS N4,900
RETURN TICKETN8,400

LAGOS – KADUNA BY ROAD. —> N5,870 RETURN TICKET IS N10,540

LAGOS – ONITSHA —> N 4900
RETURN TICKET —–> N9,400

LAGOS – OWERRI —-> N4,900
REGULAR SLEEPER N3,700
EXECUTIVE EXPRESS N5,6000

LAGOS – PORT HARCOURT —> N4,900.
REGULAR SLEEPER N3,700

LAGOS – UMUAHIA–> N4,600
REGULAR SLEEPER N4,100
EXECUTIVE EXPRESS N5,600

LAGOS – UYO——>N 5500
RETURN TICKET ——>N10,600

Lagos – Aba
Regular Class N3,400
Return Ticket—> N6,600

Lagos – Accra
Executive Express N8,900
Return Ticket—-> N15,740

Lagos – Akwanga
Sprinter Service N7,100
Return Ticket—–> N13,800

Lagos – Awka
Executive Express N4,900
Return Ticket N9,400

Lagos – Cotonou
Executive Express N6,200
Return Ticket—-> N10,960

Lagos – Enugu
Regular Class N4,400
Return Ticket—-> N8,400

Lagos – Gwagwalada
Executive Express N3,780
Return Ticket—–> N6,770

Lagos – Lome By Road.
Executive Express N8,700
Return Ticket——–> 15,380

Lagos – Mbaise
Regular Class 4500
Return Ticket N8,600
RegularSleeper N4,100
Return Ticket N7,600

Lagos – Nineth mile
Executive Express N2,900

YOUNG SHALL GROW TRANSPORT

LAGOS – ABA —> N4,000.. TAK OFF TIME IS 6am

LAGOS – ABUJA BY ROAD–>N4,500.. TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am.

LAGOS – CALABAR BY ROAD N4,500 TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am

LAGOS –ENUGU BY ROAD. N3,500 TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am

LAGOS – BENIN (COTONOU) BY ROAD. N2,000 TAKE OFF TIME Is 6am

LAGOS – GHANA. BY ROAD. N8,000 TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am

LAGOS – JOS BY ROAD N5,000 TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am

LAGOS – KADUNA BY ROAD N4,500 TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am

LAGOS – KANO BY ROAD. N5,000 TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am

LAGOS – MAIDUGURI BY ROAD. N7,500 TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am #YSGTRANSPORT

LAGOS – ONITSHA BY ROAD IS N3,500. TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am #YSGTRANSPORT

LAGOS – OWERRI BY ROAD IS N3,500. TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am #YSGTRANSPORT

LAGOS – PORT HARCOURT BY ROAD IS N3,700. TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am

LAGOS – SOKOTO BY ROAD IS N5,500. TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am #YSGTRANSPORT

LAGOS – UMUAHIA BY ROAD IS N3,500. TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am #YSGTRANSPORT

LAGOS – UYO BY ROAD IS N5,500. TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am #YSGTRANSPORT

LAGOS – YOLA BY ROAD IS N8,000. TAKE OFF TIME IS 6am #YSGTRANSPORT

Lagos – Oron By Road—–> N5,500 #YoungShallGrowTransport Take Off Time 6am.. And 6pm

Lagos – Okigwe By Road—-> N3,500 #YoungShallGrowTransport Take Off Time 6am.. And 6pm

Lagos – Ohafia By Road—-> N4,000 #YOUNGSHALLGROWTRANSPORT Take Off Time 6am.. And 6pm

Lagos – Ogoja(Calabar)—> N5,500 #YoungShallGrowTransport Take Off Time 6am.. And 6pm

Lagos – Neni By Road—> N3,500. #YoungShallGrowTransport Take Off Time 6am.. And 6pm

Lagos – Ivory Coast By Roa—>N20,000 #YoungShallGrowTransport Take Off Time 6am.. And 6pm

Lagos – Akokwa By Road——> N3,500 #YoungShallGrowTransport Take Off Time 6am.. And 6pm

Lagos – Abakaliki —-> N4,000

CHISCO TRANSPORT

Aba – Abuja ——-> N3,200

Aba-Alaba/Alafia/Jibowu/Mazamaza/Oyingbo/ Lekki ———-> N3,200

Abuja – Mazamaza/Oyingbo/Alafia/Alaba/Lekki –> N4,000

Alafia – Amichi—-> N2,500

Alafia – Owerri ———-> N2,900

Ghana-Alafia/Mazamaza/Oyingbo/Lekki —— > N6,590

Jibowu – Abuja ——–> N4,000

Mazamaza – Abuja ——-> N3,600

As of now, the prices seem pretty decent but, no one can predict what the prices will look like in weeks to come, following trends of recent years, it is safe to say these prices may experience a hike that will either be attributed to fuel scarcity, which has no definite status quo as of now or it might be attributed to the various transportation firms’ quest to make quick money during the festive period. Regardless, you should be in the know of the price fluctuations and your need to be prepared mentally and financially for the festive period spending.

December festivities are here upon us already in a flash, there is no need to prove to anyone that you have more money than they do, there is no need to give yourself unrealistic expectations, do whatever it is you can afford that won’t hurt you now and in the future as it is the nest thing you can do for yourself, your future self and your loved ones.

What is the transport situation on your end. How are the cost of inter-state travels around you. Care to share with us?

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