EDO, Nigeria – Commercial drivers in Benin City, Edo State, have protested alleged over ticketing by the state government, describing the situation as insensitivity on the part of state authorities. The drivers who converged in large numbers at the New Benin market to protest said they were surprised that despite drastic actions by other statesCoronavirus: Drivers in Benin protest over ticketing as government ban on overloading takes effect—–katamablog
to ease the sufferings of their people, the Edo government was still keen on making its residents suffer unbearable pain.
Some of the drivers who spoke, said they were ready to comply with state government’s directives on seating guidelines, which stipulates that they are not to covey more than four people in a car or more than seven in a bus.
But instead of reducing the price of tickets considering the number of passengers a driver is allowed to carry, the state government still insists on collecting over a thousand naira in taxes and levies from the drivers, in not more than three local government areas.
“As it is now, we are demanding the suspension of daily tickets, which has placed more burden on us, the government is not helping this coronavirus matter, they are not giving us money or foodstuffs, but they still come to make things worse for us. The drivers said
Meanwhile, it took the intervention of civil society organizations in the state to bring the protesters under control in an attempt to forestall a degeneration into chaos.
Efforts to reach the special adviser to the state governor on media and communication strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie proved abortive as calls put to his phone by our reporter was not answered.AdvertisementsPowered by wordads.coSeen ad many timesNot relevantOffensiveCovers contentBrokenREPORT THIS ADAdvertisementsPowered by wordads.coSeen ad many timesNot relevantOffensiveCovers contentBrokenREPORT THIS AD