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Commuters stranded as Micra operators protest new fees, illegal garages in Ibadan

Ajibode-junction

Thousands of commuters who ply Mokola-Ojoo, Oje-Ojoo, UI-Ojoo, Beere-Ojoo among others to link other parts of Ibadan metropolies were Monday morning stranded at the popular Ajibode junction when operators of Micra cab protested against the introduction of new fees collection points at Ajibode junction.

A commercial motorcyclist told our correspondent that trouble started around 8.30 am when leaders of the Oyo State branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) moved their members to the junction and introduced another fees collection point.

A Cross section of the operators who spoke with journalist called for the abolition of the union (NURTW) in the state which they described as the worst thing that happens daily.

The operators who mostly are in their middle age had reportedly descended on the NURTW officials before a team of combined security agents were moved to the area to forestall escalation.

The commercial drivers after the squabble instructed their members to down-tool and excuse their passengers after getting to the junction.

This led thousands of commuters plying the location to be stranded for many hours .

Hundreds of Micra cars were seen parked at both sides of the two-dual carriage expressway during the protest before combined security agents dosed the tension.

One of the Micra drivers, Mr. Saheed Wasiu said “What happened today is that, the NURTW wanted to introduce another fees here, they have pushed us to the wall, they are fond of establishing illegal garages where they collect money from us, from junction to junction.

“This morning, they said they wanted to start collecting money from us, each side is N100 and both side is N200 in three times, morning, afternoon and after (evening).

Another angry operator said “We want their leaders to intervene, we don’t have any money left as take home.

“From Ojoo to Dugbe, we pay 2,000 everyday and now they want to introduce another one now.

“In essence, we don’t want union again, we don’t want money for Saturday and Sunday anymore. It was not like this during Tokyo era.

Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu whom our correspondent called did not pick up his calls.

But one of the officials of the NURTW who spoke to our correspondent Monday afternoon said the leaders of the union have cancelled the purported fees and garage at Ajibode.

In a telephone conversation with newsmen, the union member who asked not to be named said “The issue has been resolved.

“Our Oga (Master) has resolved it, the garage has been cancelled. Our Oga has cancelled it.”

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