Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo), Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages (LASPG), has issued relief packages to ease the agony of the removal of the petrol subsidy. According to him, the packages apply to both commercial bus drivers and passengers.
He stated that the N800 parking tickets given to vehicles will now be sold for N600 and that all bookings would be reduced by 25%. He also stated that routes where the transport fare is N500 have been cut to N300, while routes where the fare is N200 have been reduced to N150.
He stated that commercial motorbike (Okada riders) and tricycle (Keke Marwa) operators will receive a 25% discount on union tickets.
He said: “We, the State Executives and the entire members of Lagos State Parks and Garages met today in Lagos to review the situation in the country, particularly in Lagos following the Oil subsidy removal by the Federal Government.
“After much deliberations and review, we discussed the high cost of food, transport fares and other areas of public interest in particular the plan by the organised Labour union i.e. the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to call workers out on a strike action.
“After a careful discussion, we concluded that we will not be part of any strike or protest rally being planned to draw the Federal Government’s attention to the issue being debated in the country. All transport families and members will be at work to convey people to their various destinations without problem because Lagos State Government has announced some interventions in the sector.
“Lagos State Government has provided a conducive atmosphere for our operations. There is, therefore, no reason for us to join any strike that may threaten the peace of the state. The various palliative measures taken by the state government especially the 50 per cent reduction of government public transport and a downward review on our Yellow Buses fares will also, go a long way in cushioning the effect of the subsidy removal. We have also embarked on internal measures like downward reviews on Lagos State Government and Union Tickets. With this, there will be a reduction in transport fares by commercial drivers.
“We at Lagos State Parks and Garages, therefore, equivocally say no to any form of strikes and protest by any group or organized labour. All our members are enjoined to go on their normal duties without any fear or intimidation.”