The Lagos State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya aka Mc Oluomo, on Monday waded into the growing tension between commercial bus drivers and operatives of the state task force and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.
WuzupNigeria reported that the marriage of inconvenience reached a boiling point on Monday when disgruntled drivers staged a protest along the ever-busy Ikorodu Road.
The demonstration by the commercial bus drivers caught many Lagos commuters offguard as many were forced to trek from far distance in frustration.
The NURTW members were said to be protesting against alleged extortion and highhandedness by officials of government transport agencies.
PUNCH reported that Oluomo summoned the branch chairmen in the areas where commercial transportation was grounded following a protest against the .
During the protest, some of the union members refused to convey commuters to their various destinations along some areas on Ikorodu Road.
Footage reposted by @punchnewspapers on Instagram showed an unnamed witness lamenting the hardship commuters experienced during the protest, adding that many people resorted to trekking in the absence of commercial buses.
“The conductors and agberos have stopped everyone from moving; everybody whether commercial or red bus, drop your passengers and come down, that is the command, students and workers are stranded,” the witness said.
A spokesman for the task force, Femi Malik, urged the demonstrators to channel their grievances to their respective transport unions for an amicable solution.
However, an aide to Akinsanya, Jimoh Buhari said all the branch chairmen in the areas concerned had been summoned, adding that his boss would also meet the affected agencies.