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Drivers Of Uber, Bolt, Others Insist On Strike In Lagos On Monday

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Drivers Of Uber, Bolt, Others Insist On Strike In Lagos On Monday

Barring any peace deal, more than 20,000 e-cab drivers in Lagos State on Sunday insisted on embarking their proposed strike on Monday over poor conditions of service by Uber and Bolt in Nigeria.

The National President of the Professional E-Hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association (PEDPA),
Comrade Idris Sonuga

said that over 15 members had died untimely as a result of the poor welfare conditions, 20 were missing as a result of kidnapping and ritual killings while some currently suffer permanent disabilities due to the non-challance of the coordinating body over the drivers’ welfare.

He said as a result of the inhuman treatment meted out to them by Uber and Bolt in Nigeria, drivers cover a minimum of 150 kilometres in 15 hours daily service at N65 per kilometer and N10 per minute fixed by Uber and Bolt Nigeria which amounts to N15,000 daily.

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According to him, out of the N15,000, 25 per cent goes to Uber and Bolt Nigeria as commission, N4,950 on fuelling and N5,000 as vehicle rental while the drivers are left with a meagre sum of N1,200 out of which feeding, data and airtime will always be taken care off.
He said, “in view of this, this could make drivers work extra hours for survival and this occasions stress that could cause accidents or untimely death. Also, over 20 members are missing in the course of the unsecured service,” the national president said.

PEDPA with over 50,000 registered members across Nigeria is registered under Trade Union Congress (TUC), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and relevant government agencies and parastatals in Nigeria, “unfortunately, efforts to get the attention of Uber and Bolt Nigeria to register the plights of the drivers was unsuccessful and our resolve was to proceed on industrial action on Monday,” he said.

He enumerated the demands of the drivers thus, “proper profiling of all riders patronizing our services, upward review of the fares to meet the current economic reality, review of all accounts blocked unjustifiably, adequate welfare packages for drivers and compensation to the family of those that lost their lives or permanently disabled and cancellation of individual engagement among others.”

At press time, efforts to reach Uber Nigeria and Bolt Nigeria were unsuccessful.

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Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor

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BREAKING: Adeleke Freezes Osun Accounts , Reverses Appointments After Swearing In As Governor
Governor Adeleke

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose

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Anyim and Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.

 

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BREAKING: Ekweremadu, Wife Found Guilty Of Organ-trafficking In UK

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Ekweremadu and his wife

A United Kingdom court has found former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his wife Beatrice, 56, and Dr Obinna Obeta, 50,  guilty of an organ-trafficking plot, which saw them bring a 21-year-old man to the UK

They were convicted of conspiring to exploit the man from Lagos for his kidney, reports the BBC.

Prosecutors told the Old Bailey the organ was to be removed and given to the couple’s daughter, Sonia, aged 25.

She was cleared of the same charge.

The victim, a street trader from Lagos, was brought to the UK last year to provide a kidney in an £80,000 private transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

They were later arrested at the airport while trying to leave the UK.

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