INSIDEMAINLAND– The meeting between representatives of the Lagos State Government and the Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria(JDWAN) has been postponed until Friday following the inability to reach a consensus.
JDWAN has also stated that its strike action will continue until the Friday meeting.
These were revealed in a statement issued on Wednesday by JDWAN National Leader Abiodun Akintade, after the union meeting with the government, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Abdulhafiz Toriola.
According to JDWAN, representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the Road Transport Employers Association were reportedly present but left before their arrival.
“We made our presentation on the situations that caused the strike and our demands. The government’s team feigned sympathy with us. They, however, said they wanted us to have both representatives of the NURTW and the RTEAN to also be in the negotiations so they could present their own sides of the story,” Akintade said in the statement.
“So, the meeting was adjourned till Friday by noon at the Alausa Secretariat,” he added.
Recall that INSIDEMAINLAND had reported that Lagos drivers began a seven-day warning strike on Monday, October 31, 2022, to press home demands against extortions and harassment allegedly perpetrated by members of the Lagos State Parks and Garages Management Committee.
Commuters have been inconvenienced as a result of the strike action, as they have been unable to easily navigate their daily routes since the first day of the strike.
JDWAN expressed gratitude to the drivers for their “steadfastness, loyalty, and dedication to this struggle for our freedom.”
We want them to be patient and continue the strike until the meeting on Friday. The strike would be five working days long by Friday, and “we are pleased that we have been largely justified thus far,” the statement said.
“We want Lagosians who are our customers and commuters to bear with us as we all face the consequences of extortion. But we cannot be working like machines and few people would be eating like gluttons. How monkey dey work, and na baboons dey chop?! This must not continue!” the drivers lamented.
JDWAN also alleged that its members’ vehicles were vandalized by the motor park thugs and were yet to be repaired, adding that, “two of our members are still locked up at Morogbo Police Station (Area K Command, Badagry) without committing any crime. The officers in charge are mandating us to beg the Agberos before they can be released. We demand the unconditional release of our members immediately.”
“We also want to say that we are amazed that representatives suddenly emerge from the NURTW and the RTEAN that has been banned in Lagos State. While JDWAN is not affiliated to both and our members are not official members of both unions, we call on the National Leadership of the NURTW and the RTEAN to publicly clarify our doubts,” Akintade added.