Ride-hailing drivers under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union Of App-Based Transport Workers Of Nigeria (AUATWON) are reportedly embarking on a three-day nationwide strike, demanding a 200 percent increase in fares before returning to work.
The strike, which began on Wednesday, was also in protest of the high commission rates set by Uber and Bolt — the two biggest ride-hailing service providers in Nigeria.
Recall that following the removal of petrol subsidy by the Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited adjusted the price of petrol from N185 to over N500 across its retail outlets, leading to an exponential surge in the prices of goods and services.
The publication quoted the National Vice President for Southwest Nigeria, AUATWON, Kolawole Aina, as saying, “Each local government in Lagos State and, by extension, all states in Nigeria will be protesting today at the same time.
“All e-hailing platforms are shut down from today till Friday… The riders should find another alternative.”
“The strike is on. Bolt still maintains 25 percent commission with just N100 increment with this present price of petrol.
“Some buy as high as N600 per litre and as low as N550. The fair is nothing to write home about, especially with the traffic situation in Lagos.
“So the strike has started. But for those who have personal needs to meet, they can take ride requests offline,” a source told The Cable.