In response to the call for nationwide protests by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), transport operators in Lagos state have decided not to join the industrial action, as stated by the Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo.
MC Oluomo, in a recent statement, expressed the transport operators’ decision to refrain from participating in the protest.
He cited the Lagos State government’s efforts in creating a conducive operating environment for the transport industry as the primary reason for their support.
According to MC Oluomo, the state government has provided several interventions for commercial transport operators, which have contributed to a more favorable business climate.
These interventions are believed to have positively impacted the transport sector and fostered cooperation between the government and transport operators.
The Nigeria Labour Congress had called for the nationwide protest to press for workers’ rights and improved working conditions across various sectors.
However, MC Oluomo’s statement confirms that transport operators in Lagos State will not be partaking in the demonstration, signaling their contentment with the existing state support and the conducive operating environment provided by the Lagos State government.
The statement reads,
“After much deliberations and review, we discussed the high cost of food, transport fares and other areas of public interest, in particular, the plan by the organised Labour union i.e. the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to call workers out on a strike action.
“After a careful discussion, we concluded that we will not be part of any strike or protest rally being planned to draw the Federal Government’s attention to the issue being debated in the country.
“Lagos State Government has provided a conducive atmosphere for our operations. There is, therefore, no reason for us to join any strike that may threaten the peace of the State.
“We at Lagos State Parks and Garages, therefore, equivocally say no to any form of strike and protest by any group or organized labour.”