Commuters across Lagos state are set to experience more hardship as the industrial strike by commercial motor drivers in Lagos State continues today. The leadership of the Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria (JDWAN) yesterday said it failed to reach an agreement with the state government to end the action.
The drivers have boycotted services across the state over alleged extortion of their members by Lagos state government transport officials as well as transport labour unions operating in the state.
The Lagos state government said on Monday that it is looking into the demands of the aggrieved bus drivers, to find permanent solutions to the issues raised by the Association.
However, NOHR learned that a meeting held on Wednesday between the state government and JDWAN leadership on ending the strike action ended in a deadlock.
In a statement by the National Leader of the association, Akintade S. Abiodun, JDWAN said vehicles of members that were vandalized by motor park thugs were yet to be repaired while two drivers were still being detained at Morogbo police station without committing any crime.
“We made our presentations of the situations that caused the strike and the demands of all that we want. The government team feigned sympathy with us. They however said they want us to have both representatives of the NURTW and RTEAN at the negotiations so that they will present their side of the story. So, the meeting was adjourned to Friday by noon at the Alausa secretariat.” JDWAN said in the statement