MC Oluomo gives bus drivers, passengers palliatives to cushion petrol subsidy removal pain

Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages (LASPG), Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya alias MC Oluomo has announced relief packages to cushion the petrol subsidy removal pain.

The packages, he said, cut across commercial bus drivers and passengers. He said the tickets given to drivers at parks for N800 would be sold for N600, adding that all bookings would have 25 per cent reduction.

For passengers, Akinsanya said routes where transport fare was N500 had been reduced to N300 while those paying N200 for fare would pay N150. He added that commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators would have a 25 per cent reduction in the tickets bought from the union.

He announced a task force that would monitor the implementation of the directives.

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Akinsanya warned various parks and garages’ executives to ensure compliance, stating that sanctions would be meted on defaulters. The task force will be led by all members of state executives, parks’ chairmen and selected union leaders.

He said that the agency will do all it could not to inconvenience the masses, hence the timely intervention. Akinsanya said the directive was a follow-up to the announcement of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on bus fare reduction yesterday. On the proposed strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress billed to start today, Akinsaya said his over 50,000 members would not partake in it.

He said: “We, the State Executives and the entire members of Lagos State Parks and Garages met today 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 foods, 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 family 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.

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