Lagos State Parks and Garages Management Committee has declared that its members will not participate in the nationwide protest organized by labor unions. The Chairman of LSPG, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, made this announcement during a meeting with transport union leaders and operators on Tuesday.
During the meeting, Akinsanya stated, “After thoroughly reviewing the current situation in the country, particularly in Lagos, following the removal of oil subsidies by the Federal Government, we have discussed various issues affecting the public, including the planned strike action by organized labor unions such as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC). After careful consideration, we have decided not to take part in any strike or protest rally aimed at drawing the Federal Government’s attention to the ongoing debates.”
Akinsanya assured that all transport services would continue as usual, conveying people to their destinations without disruption, thanks to the interventions announced by the Lagos State Government in the transport sector.
In addition, the LSPG boss also disclosed relief measures to ease the impact of the fuel subsidy removal on commercial bus drivers and passengers. He announced a reduction in bus fares from N800 to N600, a 25% reduction in booking fees, and decreased transport fares on selected routes from N500 to N300 and N200 to N150 in other areas.
Akinsanya established a task force team comprising state executives, parks’ chairmen, and selected union leaders to oversee the implementation of these directives and warned that non-compliance would result in sanctions.
He emphasized that the agency would strive not to inconvenience the public and highlighted the favorable measures taken by the Lagos State Government, including a 50% reduction in government public transport and a downward review of Yellow Buses fares, to cushion the impact of the subsidy removal.
In conclusion, Akinsanya expressed gratitude for the conducive operating environment provided by the Lagos State Government and reiterated the commitment of the LSPG to reduce transport fares through internal measures taken by the government and the union.