The Lagos State Government representatives’ meeting with the striking members of the Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria (JDWAN) has been postponed till Friday.
JDWAN also declared that its strike action will continue pending the Friday meeting.
The JDWAN National leader, Abiodun Akintade disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, few hours after the drivers’ meeting with the State Government, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Abdulhafiz Toriola.
He said; “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.”
“So, the meeting was adjourned till Friday by 12pm at the Alausa Secretariat.”
JDWAN appreciated the drivers “for steadfastness, loyalty, and dedication to this struggle for our freedom. We want them to be patient and keep on with the strike until the Friday meeting. By Friday, the strike would be five working days, and we are happy that we have been justified largely thus far.”
“We want lagosians whom 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!”
JDWAN also alleged that its members’ vehicles that were vandalised by the motor park thugs, were yet to be repaired and “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 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.”
CEOAFRICA had reported that the Lagos drivers had on Monday, October 31, 2022, embarked on a seven-day warning strike to press home demands against extortions and harassments allegedly by members of the Lagos State Parks and Garages Management Committee.