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.
Over 200 Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom In Zamfara – Police
The Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Mr Usman Nagogo says over 200 victims of kidnap have been received from their abductors in the last three weeks in the state.
Nagogo made this known at a news conference in Gusau on Monday.
The police chief said the bandits willingly returned and handover the victims to him as the leader of a peace and reconciliation initiative recently set up by Governor Bello Matawalle.
He explained: “Since the beginning of the peace and reconciliation initiative team assignment about three weeks ago now, we have received over 200 kidnap victims from Fulanis and Yansakai.
“We have sat with all the warring factions and they have understood that peace is the most important aspect of growth and development which is why they willingly return the victims,
“and await the promise made by the governor to re-establish grazing reserves, build hospitals and veterinary clinics, provide good drinking water and other amenities at Fulani settlements.
“At the moment, all the factions go to the markets that were closed due to the armed bandit activities while farmers go to the farms without any hindrance or threats,”.
The commissioner of police who urged residents to continue to pray for the success of the peace process and sustenance of peace in the state, cautioned politicians against politicising the effort so as to allow security agencies carry out their operations without diversion.
Some of the rescued victims told newsmen at the police command that they were tied like animals and without any shelter against rain or sun.
Some of the victims spent more than seven months in the hands of their abductors.
After their rescue, the victims were camped at the Government House, Gusau, where they received medical and psycho-social support services before they were reunited with their families.
Corps Member Serving With Channels TV Dies In Shiite, Police Clash
Unfortunately, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, is dead.
The 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.
The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.
They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest.
Obasanjo not a democrat – Presidency
The Presidency has insinuated that former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, was not a democrat, following his latest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation.
Obasanjo, in his latest letter had cautioned Buhari on the need for drastic action to tackle insecurity if the nation must remain a united one.
The former president also called for a gathering of various ethnic groups in the country to deliberate on how to live peacefully with one another.
Reacting, the senior special assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said those aggrieved with the present structure of the nation should approach the National Assembly.
Featuring on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, he said: “To call for a national conference when there is a sitting Parliament in place, whoever is making that call is not a democrat.”
Shehu also insisted that the government in which he serves, was on top of the security situation in the country.
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