Understanding Passenger Pirating Activities among Inter-City Commercial Transport Service Providers in Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria

  • M. A. ADETUNJI Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria

Abstract

This study examined the characteristics, prospects and risks associated with the operation of the passenger-piracy among inter-city transport service operators in Lokoja, Nigeria.  Using purposive sampling technique, 170 operators were surveyed across the three main inter-city transport routes leading into and out of the city. The findings revealed that more than 70% of the pirate transport vehicles were low occupancy types. Approximately 40.1% of the operators claimed that they engaged in passenger-piracy in order to avoid unnecessary queue at the terminals. Constraints such as fierce competition among transport operators; extortion from touts; and intimidation from the transport union officials were identified as limiting factors to the operations of inter-city transport service operators. Significant correlation were found between the practice of passengers piracy and Complete loading at terminal (r=.481); possession of manifest(r=.735); charging lower fare as compared to what was obtainable at the terminal (r=.216) and being a member of Union of transport services providers (r=.240). The study recommended that the operation of the pirate transport services should be reviewed and incorporated into the formal public transport services.

Published
Oct 27, 2018
How to Cite
ADETUNJI, M. A.. Understanding Passenger Pirating Activities among Inter-City Commercial Transport Service Providers in Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria. Ife Social Sciences Review, [S.l.], v. 26, n. 1, p. 48-56, oct. 2018. ISSN 2635-375X. Available at: <http://issr.oauife.edu.ng/index.php/issr/article/view/53>. Date accessed: 27 may 2020.