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Unified Commercial Drivers Association (UCDA) in Cross River has suspended its planned fare hike in Calabar.

This is contained in a communiqué issued after a stakeholders’ meeting in Calabar on Monday night.

The communiqué was signed by Uqua Edet, Commissioner for Transport and Marine Services, and Thomas Okon, UCDA chairman.

Others who signed the communiqué included Gabriel Ada, Chairman Commercial Transport Regulatory Agency (CTRA), and Ephraim Ekporoko, chairman of the Mini Bus Association, after a stakeholders’ meeting in Calabar.

Commercial drivers in the state had, in a statement, said that from Monday, Nov. 22, they would increase the cost of a drop in Calabar from N50 to N100.

This, they claimed, was due to the increase in costs of maintaining their vehicles.

However, the resolution to shelve the planned fare increase was taken in the best interest of the people of Cross River, all the transport operators and commuters in the state.

“Consequently, all drivers and other stakeholders should return to status-quo immediately,” said the communique.

Some residents commended the associations and urged spare parts dealers to reduce their products’ prices. 

(NAN)

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