Transporters at the Jabi Motor Park in Abuja have recorded what they described as the lowest turn-out of travelers compared to other festive periods.
This is in spite of the fact that transport fares have remained the same.
The Park which is arguably the biggest and busiest in Abuja, purportedly experienced a mild traffic on Saturday morning, as travelers complained about hardship due to lack of money.
Some were seen lamenting bitterly about the state of the economy.
The motor park was said to be a bee hive of activities during weekends, especially the ones preceding public holidays. However, things seemed to take a different turn this time.
Some passengers, who spoke to the Channels Television crew, said they would rather send foodstuff to their loved ones than spend the money on transportation.
Transporters however took advantage of the few passengers rushing to their destinations by hiking the fares.
Also in the food stuff market, while some complained about not having money to buy what they needed, others said they were experiencing bumper sales.
Although the holiday period will afford majority the opportunity to visit their loved ones, the current economic realities would generally have an effect on the way the holiday is spent.
Ahead of the 2016 Sallah celebrations, the special task force, ‘Operation Safe Haven’ has put some security measures on ground, in parts of Plateau and Bauchi in order to ensure a hitch-free holiday.
Owing to the fact that there would be an increase in human and vehicular movement, the special task force organised a meeting with officials of the National Union Of Road Transport Workers, market association, as well as community leaders, to inform them of various measures put in place for a peaceful Eid-el-Kabir.
The Special Task Force also ordered that there should be a thorough search of all vehicles and passengers entering and leaving the state.
Addressing transport and market union officials at the task force headquarters in Jos, Major General Rogers Nicholas, stated that no one should be spared in the search operations, in order to ensure that arms, ammunition or any improvised explosive devices are not smuggled into the state.
The Commander of the Special Task Force said security should not be left in the hands of security agents alone and everyone should be involved in the security operations especially at this period.
The Commander advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to the stop and search operations as well as report any strange movement or strangers to the appropriate authority.