CITIZENS COMPASS– THE Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria (JDWAN), on Wednesday, said the ongoing mass action across Lagos State will continue.
JDWAN said its dialogue with the state government continues on Friday, November 4, 2022.
A statement signed by JDWAN National President, Comrade Abiodun Akintade, said the state government through the Ministry of Transportation met with the drivers on Wednesday evening but this continues on Friday.
The statement reads “We have just met with the Lagos State government, Ministry of Transportation, represented by Mr Gbolahan Toriola; the Permanent Secretary.
“‘We were told that representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association (RTEAN) also came but left before our arrival.
“We made our presentations of the situations that caused the strike and the demands of all what we want. The government team feigned sympathy with us. They however said they want us to have both representatives of the NURTW and RTEAN to also be at the negotiations so they present their own side of the story. So, the meeting was adjourned till Friday by 12 Noon at the Alausa secretariat.
“We thank all the drivers for our 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.
“Our vehicles that were vandalised by the motor park thugs are 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 were amazed that representatives suddenly emerge from NURTW and RTEAN that have 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 NURTW and RTEAN to publicly clarify our doubts.
“Finally, we thank members of the press and call for more solidarity from trade unions and the civil society. The strike continues, and victory is very certain!”
The drivers are protesting alleged extortion and harassment by garage touts which warranted invitation by the state government.
However, the meeting was inconclusive