Musiliu Akinsaya, also known as Mc Oluomo, the chairman of the Lagos State Parks and Garages Association, has interfered in the dispute between highway tax collectors and commercial drivers, often known as “agberos” in the state.
According to reports, he has also outlawed the collecting of agberos’ unlawful taxes in various parts of the state.
Remember that on Thursday, drivers of commercial buses protested extortion by the agberos by taking to the streets of the state.
“Mc Oluomo told us Thursday 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.
“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“He said those extra taxes imposed at Iyana Ipaja and Agbado Ijaiye were no longer valid.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,” a driver disclosed to FIJ.
He added that MC Oluomo has said the drivers would no longer pay for tickets 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.”
He continued by saying that MC Oluomo also gave N1 million to those hurt in the assault on the drivers who were protesting.
He was happy that dreivers could resume their jobs today “with little agbero disruptions.”
“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,” he added.
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