Musiliu Akinsaya (Mac Oluomo), chairman of the Lagos State Parks and Garages Association, has gotten involved in the state’s rivalry between commercial drivers and agberos (highway tax collectors who target commercial drivers).
According to one of the drivers, Mc Oluomo has banned the illicit levies collected by agberos.
“Mc Oluomo told us this afternoon when we held a meeting with him at the state council that no driver from Oshodi to Tollgate must be compelled to pay illegal agbero taxes anymore,” he told FIJ.
“We are only to buy two tickets in a day, after which we will not pay anything aside from loading fees.
“The normal ticket sold and approved by the Lagos State Park Management is just N800.
“He said those extra taxes imposed at Iyana Ipaja and Agbado Ijaiye were no longer valid. We can either buy our daily tickets in Oshodi or Tollgate, and either will be recognised.
“Afterwards, we will buy the council ticket and booking for security, which is about N500.”
To appease the irate drivers, Akinsanya declared that they will no longer pay for citations on Saturdays and Sundays.
“For weekend jobs, Mc Oluomo has mandated that no driver should be made to buy tickets on Saturdays and Sundays,” he said.
“The union should only compel us to buy tickets from Monday to Friday. We should be given the chance to take something home to our families.
“For those who were injured during the attack on protesting drivers, he donated N1 million. He said it should be used to treat those who were injured and those whose properties were stolen.
“I feel so happy. We are to resume work tomorrow with minimal agbero disturbances.
“There are no more unbearable taxes. All we have to pay in a day is a little below N2,500 compared to the N20,000 we paid previously.”
To appease the irate drivers, Akinsanya announced they will no longer pay for citations on Saturdays and Sundays.
“This issue does not affect you alone, even residents of the state are affected. We will be happy if you can select representatives to speak to the state council on your behalf,” he said.
“This is better than protesting on the streets where it could be hijacked by hoodlums.”
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