Commuters in Lagos were left stranded on Monday as commercial bus drivers, under the aegis of the Joint Drivers’ Welfare Association of Nigeria (JDWAN) commenced a seven-day strike over. “multiple and excessive extortion” by the Parks Management Committee headed by Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo.
Members of the group include commercial vehicles popularly known as Danfos, and mini-buses locally known as Korope.
According to media, areas such as Agege, Alimosho, Ifako-Ijaiye, and Ikeja local government areas of the state, observed large crowds at several bus stops as commuters jostled for a few available buses who hiked transport fares by 100%.
From Ijaiye to Oshodi which was originally N400 was increased to N700 on Monday while those going to Agege paid N400 instead of N200, while some commuters grudgingly paid the high fares to connect to their destinations, others took to trekking long distances.
In a statement, JDWAN’s lawyer, Ayo Ademiluyi, lamented “excessive and illegal ticketing and tolling” at almost every bus stop in the state.
The statement partly reads, “This is to notify members of the public and the Lagos State government over multiple and excessive extortion by the motor parks and garages management.
The commercial bus drivers demanded that only Lagos State Government’s ticket should be the only ticket in Lagos.
Writing by Julian Osamoto, Editing by Omotola Oguneye