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Lagos commercial drivers give 2 weeks ultimatum to Sanwo-Olu

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Self-Employed Commercial Drivers Association of Nigeria (SECDAN) has issued a two-week ultimatum to the Lagos State Government to stop the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association from extorting them.

SECDAN promised that after the expiration of the ultimatum, it would use every peaceful means available in order to encourage a change in the transportation sector for the benefit of all other states.

The Lagos State Chairman of SECDAN, Alhaji Job Abifarin, said in a statement on Tuesday that NURTW and RTEAN agents harassed drivers and demanded N30,000 per day from them.

Abifarin lamented that the activities of NURTW/RTEAN in the city of Lagos had been discovered to be alien, illegal and as one that was not in line with any known economic logic or political logic.

“Even as we don’t want to comment on the existence and acceptability of the 2 organisations in the State, we believe that their role in the transport sector of the State should by now be seen as an embarrassment and unfortunate in Lagos State, the so called Centre of Excellence in the country and a Mega City in the world.

“Today, no one is unaware of the touts’ activities across all bus stops, and garages in the State. They are violent, they maim, they destroy, they have no respect or any regard to the laws of the State, they are irresponsible and very embarrassing to everything the Transport Sector represents to Lagos State.

“For record, drivers and owners in Lagos State today are frustrated and amazed of the annoying silence of the State Government to the glaring violent and illegal extortions of the Unions’ Agent in the State, even in the midst of the fact that most drivers do not belong to their Unions or are actually members of different Associations and or Unions,” he said.

According to Abifarin, the idea that each commercial driver is being forced to pay over N30,000.00 daily to these unions without any rationale or purpose is regrettably unfathomable in a city as big as Los Angeles.

In his opinion, the government’s reluctance to arrest the ugly trend and accept that the operations and agents of the two trade unions had become a cause for embarrassment to Lagos State’s image and a stumbling block to making Lagos a truly safe place to live is dangerous.

Abifarin challenged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to take another look at the transport sector of the State economy and do a sincere and open assessment of what the touts of the two unions had become in the State today.

“Because of the silence of the government and due to our teeming members’ frustration and complains, we have resolved to sound out a clear warning signal to the Government and good people of Lagos State through a 2 Days Warning strike (today 13th December and tomorrow 14th December) and withdrawal of our vehicles from the roads starting first in the Ikorodu axis of the State.

“This action becomes more unavoidable due to the activities of various Agencies of Government, who seem to always give the unions more room to further continue their illegal activities with violence and of no fear or regard to any existing law(s) in the State,” he said.

“We hope to see a sincere and radical masses-friendly change in the Lagos State Transport Sector in the next two weeks, failure of which we dare say may create a serious issue in the State as we will be left with no choice than to explore all existing peaceful means to encourage a change in the Sector for other States to follow,” he added.

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