The Oluwo of Iwoland, Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has advised Nigerians to adopt car pooling in order to reduce the cost of transportation and car maintenance in the face of currently economic hardship.

The monarch’s counsel is coming in the wake the hike in petrol prices which has worsened the economic situation of the country and which has imposed further hardship on ordinary Nigerians.

Although the product had been selling for N515 since the removal of subsidy, the price was jerked up to N617 early in the week.

Carpooling is an arrangement among a group of automobile owners by which each owner in turn drives the others or their children to and from a designated place.

Mr Akanbi said that car pooling is an alternative arrangement to survive the financial difficulty faced by Nigerians on transportation due to fuel subsidy removal.

He enjoined Nigerians to make arrangements for car pooling with their trusted neighbors and allies.

He stated such adjustment would reduce the monthly cost of transportation by an agreed individual.

He also admonished Nigerians, especially the middle class to collaborate with neighbors with similar weekly/monthly routines to make an arrangement for car pool to mitigate expenses on monthly car maintenance.

“Fuel subsidy removal has placed a challenge before Nigerians,” he said.

“It has affected almost all facets of our lives. As a father to the nation, I will strongly suggest car pooling as a temporary alternative mostly especially for the middle class using cars.

“Car Pooling is an arrangement where neighbors on similar weekly or monthly routines decide to use just a car. Instead of the two or three of them going with their respective car to work, they can decide to use one person’s car for a week, another person’s car for another week and so on to save the cost of buying fuel.

“The same can be applied in conveying children to school. With the package, individuals can adjust with less hardship in transportation cost.

“Nigerians most especially the wealthy should equally imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship. Many will pay the bike man daily to convey children to school. Rich individuals with a car can help the children of his neighbors going to the same or nearest Schools.

“Equally, I beseech the federal government to fast track steps on new minimum wage and its enforcement for workers.

“Nigerians are going through a lot. They should find timely solace in government.”

It can be confirmed that many car owners are already developing the habit of using alternative transport means instead of using their cars as a result of the hardship.

The Federal Government is planning to dole out N500billion to Nigerians as cash transfers of about N8000 monthly for six months to ease the burden.

However, the President, Bola Tinubu, is thinking to review the amount following criticisms from the Nigerian public.

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