The city of Ibadan witnessed a massive protest from the Bolt drivers, popularly known as Taxify yesterday. The peaceful demonstration was based on agitations about their welfare and readiness to be treated as partners in reference to the conducts of Labour law.
The spokesperson of the drivers, Comrade Michael Olatunji noted that the company’s policies has no regard for their employees and the place they hold in the company’s survival.
In his statement made available to newsmen, he said ” the organization has failed to respect the place of the drivers, as major contributors to the company’s growth. We are treated as animals. They have deliberately fixed the prices at the detriment of the drivers, just for them to lure more customers (riders) without considerations for us.
“Cases reported about stolen vehicles has landed on deaf ears over time. The company has no methods to track down riders whose trips ended badly. Our countless letters to the management over different issues received no attention. In some cases, they even block drivers for pressing demands.
“As regards health and vehicles insurances of the drivers and cars respectively, we need urgent answers. Why should we be treated as slaves? We want a kind of insurance that would work”.
He also noted that “if we are to resume work, they should come in terms with the codes and conducts of the Nigeria Labour Law. Our partnership with Taxify must be mutual and it should not be a slave-master relationship. He concluded.
Another driver, who confided in our reporter lamented that “it is an awful experience with Taxify in my few days as a driver. I could have stayed on my own as an independent driver instead of slaving myself and time here.
Just In: Oyo govt. to revoke four road contracts – Commissioner hints
No fewer than four contractors that have been allegedly failed to meet up with performance specifications and time lag in Oyo State will soon have their contracts terminated.
The State Commissioner for Public Works and Infrastructure, Prof. Rapheal Afonja on Monday hinted at his office in Ibadan.
Governor Seyi Makinde has recently said the administration was compiling list of non-performing contractors in the State as he lamented the agony being experienced by the people living in the affected areas where road construction works were ongoing.
According to Afonja , “we have got complaints across the State about pace and quality of work done by these contractors, His Excellency the governor also inspects the pace of work during the day and even in the night, I can tell you now that soon, termination notice will soon be given to four non-performing contractors.
“Complaints have come across the State and when we came on board, we had to do a contract review and we realized that the quality of work done by some of these contractors were low, we also realized that most of the agreements have also relapsed and none of them had performance bond in their files, the performance bond is a way to tell a contractor that if you don’t do a good job, you will be penalized.
“So we gave them time, which is the past five months which was to see if they could impress the government, we gave them our standard, our requirements, some of them have not lived up to it while some have, so with the approval of the governor, the next step is to issue termination notice to some of them.”
Among the contracts inherited by the present administration and are still ongoing as at time of this report is the dualization of Idi-Ape-Basorun-Akobo-Odogbo Barracks road in Ibadan and dualization of saki township along Oke-Ogun Poly-Ilesha-Ibariba road in Saki.
Others are Eleyele Junction-Akufo-Ido-Eruwa road, reconstruction of Moniya-Iseyin road and Agodi-Gate-Old Ife Road, Adegbayi in Ibadan.
Meanwhile the State government has said that the introduction of a new Park Management system in the State was aimed to plug holes in the income of of the State and not for political reasons.
The Commissioner for Public Works and Infrastructure, Prof Raphael Afonja said this while answering questions from journalists who were at his office after the inauguration of Park Managers for public motor parks in the State on Monday.
The Commissioner asserted that the people of Oyo State were happy that leaks in the State’s income were plugged while individuals appointed would work with trusted consultancy firm to generate income for the State, using technology to monitor activities and accountability of all players while all funds generated would go into the State coffers.
Oyo govt. promises to prosecute illegal motor park operators
Oyo State Government has promised to prosecute any individual found culpable of running parallel and illegal parks in the State, saying it would also impound any vehicle found within premises of such illegal parks. This is sequel to the directive of the Oyo State Government on the creation of New Park Management System.
This was contained in a statement issued today by the Chairman, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi at the Authority’s Administrative Headquarters in Ibadan.
“Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) hereby strongly warns individuals or groups planning to run parallel and illegal parks in the State. Anyone found culpable would be prosecuted and made to face the full wrath of the law”, the statement read.
In his words, Dr. Fagbemi said, “our attention has been drawn to comments made by certain individuals threatening to run some self-created and illegal parks parallel to the ones approved by government and into which Park Managers has been duly appointed. According to section 2 subsection 5A of the Oyo State Road Traffic Management Act 2009, OYRTMA is the State Government agency statutorily backed by law to oversee, coordinate and manage all government approved parks within the State.
Hence, in line with the directive of the State Government, we use this medium to make stern warnings to anyone nursing the ambition of utilizing illegal parks or creating parks unapproved by the State Government. We are set to go all out in conjunction with all other security agencies to arrest and prosecute offenders while all vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles found at such illegal park would be impounded.
However, we implore all commercial vehicle operators across the State to corporate fully with the new Park Managers in a bid to ensure free flow of human and vehicular traffic in the State. We equally enjoin the good people of Oyo State to go about their legitimate businesses as there is no cause for alarm.
VIDEO: ‘Auxiliary’ vows to increase Oyo’s IGR
The newly inaugurated Chairman, Oyo State Park Managers Disciplinary Committee, Mr. Mukaila Lamidi popularly known as Auxiliary on Monday gave the commitment of increasing the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) so that the Seyi Makinde led government would be able to cater for other infrastructural development in the state.
The Park Management System initiative is expected to generate revenues from motor parks, garages and quarries.
The ex-NURTW boss, ‘Auxiliary’ who gave this assurance in a video obtained by Mega Icon Magazine, also disclosed that he deliberately sacrificed his ambition to support the government’s mission towards boosting the state’s revenue.
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