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Uber Drivers May Go On Strike In Lagos On Monday Over VIO Clampdown

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Some Uber drivers in Nigeria’s commercial capital may go on strike on Monday to protest the recent clampdown by the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Services.

Two officials of the VIS told The Guardian earlier in the week that the enforcement of already existing laws guiding the operations of professional drivers in the state began recently.

“We are going on strike by Monday,” a driver who gave his name as Michael said on Saturday morning. “VIO (Vehicle Inspection Officers) are disturbing us too much these days.”

One of the VIS officials said commercial vehicle drivers and those on Uber and other ride-hailing platforms must be certified by the Lagos Drivers’ Institute before they can operate in the state.

Uber drivers, he said, must have hackney permits since they use their vehicles for commercial purposes. He also said Uber has also not paid an operator license fee to the state government.

Three Uber drivers told The Guardian on Saturday that the enforcement is hampering their operations and that they were not aware of the laws until recently.

Those whose cars were impounded were asked to pay a ₦60,000 fine.

Another driver, Taiwo, said he was aware that some of his colleagues will not be working on Monday but told The Guardian he won’t be joining them although he does not have a LASDRI certification and a hackney permit.

A spokesman for Uber in West Africa Efosa Aiyevbomwan said he was not aware drivers on the ride-hailing platform planned to go on strike but said Uber was open to engaging with drivers to understand their concerns.

“We are constantly working to improve their experience to ensure flexibility, increased economic opportunity, and driver support,” Aiyevbomwan said in an emailed statement.

He also said the drivers are independent and that they are in control of when they work.

“The vast majority of independent drivers continue to rely on the freedom and flexibility the Uber app provides.”

Riding the trouble?

Violet Johnson was on her way to work when the car in which she was travelling was stopped at Anthony Village by VIS officials.

As the Uber driver had no hackney permit and LASDRI license, his driver’s license was seized and was only allowed to complete the trip after a 20-minute delay.

“The officials told him since he was on a trip and the destination was not far off, he should drop me off and come back to sort things out,” Johnson said.

Despite the trouble, her loyalty still lies with Uber.

Months before Lagos started clamping down on Uber drivers that are not compliant with its laws, London dealt a big blow to the ride-hailing giant.

Citing safety and security concerns last November, Transport for London (TfL) declined to renew Uber’s license. Over 50,000 drivers were affected. Uber said the decision was wrong and it will appeal.

But one of the VIS officials who spoke to The Guardian said the government was not interested in impounding vehicles.

“We are not after impounding anybody’s vehicle. We want everybody to feel comfortable doing business in Lagos,” he said.

Aiyevbomwan said in an earlier email that Uber was ready to work “closely with all relevant stakeholders in Lagos to ensure that our operations align with best practices.”

He doubled down on that position on Saturday.

“Drivers are important to us and there are a number of ways they can speak to Uber about their individual concerns,” he said

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PDP Reacts To Dethronement of Sanusi As Emir of Kano

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called the dethronement of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, by the Kano state government a huge political blunder.

The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the timing of the action is worrisome.

The statement read: “The PDP however calls for calm and circumspection from all quarters, especially, given the security and political stability concerns in our nation.”

Recall that the State Government dethroned Muhammad Sanusi II over what it described as disrespect of lawful instructions from Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and other lawful authorities.

Just few hours after he was removed, a new Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, was immediately appointed by the state government as the 15th Emir of Kano to replace Sanusi.

The Peoples Democratic Party further noted the deposition of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II by the Kano state government at a time that the nation is battling worsening insecurity challenges shows the insensitivity and poor appraisal of core national stability issues by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

The PDP, however called for calm and circumspection from all quarters, especially, given the security and political stability concerns in the nation

 

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Women Exchange Blows Over Toilet Roll As Coronavirus Causes Shortage

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A video has surfaced online showing the moment three women physically assaulted each other over a pack of toilet rolls as Coronavirus causes shortage.

The incident, according to reports, happened in Australia as citizens of the country are stocking up on supplies just in case the worst happens and it is leading to altercations.

The video shows one of the women with a trolley stacked with packs of toilet rolls in a shopping centre and the other woman wanted only one pack but she wouldn’t agree.

As she also desperately needed some of the scarce product, she insisted to get one at all cost, resulting in an altercation and physical attacks.

The Australian police have charged the women over the fight.

More than 102 000 people have been infected and the death toll keeps increasing by the day.

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Former President Obasanjo Speaks On Removal Of Sanusi As Emir of Kano

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A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has broken his silence following the dethronement of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Recall that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-led governement on Monday dethroned Sanusi as Emir of Kano for being disrespectful to lawful authorities.

Reacting, Obasanjo in a statement he personally signed on Monday, said Sanusi’s dethronment was good and bad. According to him, the dethronment is good because Sanusi has paid the price.

The statement, which was shared by Senator Dino Melaye on Twitter reads, “I woke up this morning and after my morning exercise and meeting with my staff, I heard the sad and good news of your removal by the Executive Counicl of the Kano State Government.

“It is sad because it is underserved, it is good because you have paid the price. My prayer is that God should give you the fortitude and the courage to continue in the path that you have chosen for yourself in the best interest of our country and humanity.

“Please accept, Your Royal Highness the assurance of my highest consideration.”

Meanwhile, one of the sons of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Aminu Ado Bayero was immediatemy named as the 15th Fulani Emir of the state.

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