E-cab operators in Lagos have threatened to begin strike on Monday if their demands are not met, a report from Vangaurd says.
This was made known by Mr Idris Shonuga, National President of Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association, PEDPA at a news conference in Lagos.
The drivers had complained that the inflation in the country which has resulted also to increase in fuel price has affected them, but the company has not done anything about it. And that the lift fare is still the same even at times like this, which is not favouring them, in which case they demand an increase in lifting fares.
And also in same spirit the e-cab operators demanded adequate welfare package for drivers and compensation to the families of those that lost their lives or are permanently disabled in the line of duty, for according to the drivers, more than 15 had lost their lives in accidents and more than 20 through kidnaps.
Idris Shonuga was quoted as saying, “In a quest to work and harmoniously at resolving some issues, the association wrote several letters to the companies which was not attended to, showing nonchalant attitude towards our plight.
“Your companies have failed, refused and neglected to honour our request for a meeting to discuss issues beneficial to all e-hailing drivers in Nigeria.
“And to fashion a harmonious relationship that will benefit, dignify and improve the standard of living of e-hailing drivers, private car owners and the general standard of e-hailing business in the country.
“Instead of fixing a new and reasonable fare in line with inflation, the companies have recklessly continued to maintain the low fare, thereby, impoverishing hard-working young Nigerians who are diligently and lawfully trying to make a decent living.”