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Lagos Drivers begin seven day boycott

Commuters were stranded in Lagos State today as commercial bus drivers under the aegis of the Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria started a seven-day boycott of Lagos roads.
The reason for the boycott includes alleged extortion by men of the motor parks and garages in the state.
The Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria in a statement issued on Sunday by its National Leader, Akintade Abiodun said the body vowed to boycott services across the state over alleged multiple and excessive extortion of their members by the management of parks and garages in the state, as well as those attached to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).

 “We want to notify members of the public and the Lagos state government over multiple and excessive extortions by the motor parks and garages management. The cost of transportation affects the cost of goods and services and consequently the cost of living, which has spiralled astronomically in Lagos State as a result of the effect of motor parks excessive and illegal ticketing and tolling at almost every bus stop.

“We have been sentenced to the extortion and violent harassment of the state transport agencies – Lagos State motor parks and garages management and Lagos State caretaker committee. On a daily basis, we lose half of our income to the motor park boys. We pay exorbitant charges in the garages and at every bus stop where we drop off passengers, whether we pick up passengers or not, we pay morning, afternoon and night. Some routes have 25 bus stops which also serve as illegal tax collection avenues”, he noted.

 

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