The Ogun State transport unions have recently lamented over the substantial losses suffered by their members from the series of violent attacks that have trailed the EndSARS protests within the state.
Transport unions in Ogun have been lamenting over the negative effects of the violent protests on members
The aforementioned unions consist of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN). They recently appealed to the government to solve the high rate of unemployment in the country. This was stated on behalf of the unions at a peace consolidation meeting held in the capital city of Abeokuta, by Tiwalade Akingbade, who happens to be the secretary of RTEAN in Ogun State.
Meanwhile, here is a video shared recently online, showing the moment some hoodlums vandalized vehicles belonging to the peaceful protesters in Abuja:
#ENDSARS; Protesters' Cars Vandalized In Abuja
The meeting that was attended by civil society organization members, youth leaders and other stakeholders was aimed at putting an end to the violent protests in Ogun State. Akingbade revealed the extent of the losses suffered as a result of the protest, which to him was very massive. He believes that transport workers are always on the roads despite the ongoing protest. To him, the unions usually bear huge losses when such protest escalates into violence. It is a similar story for road users in Benin, who have been worrying over the total blockage of roads by End SARS protesters in the state.
However, the secretary appealed to the government to solve the problem of insecurity, by encouraging community policing and improving the standards of living of these policemen. He further made a request to the Nigerian government to form a transportation bank to meet the growing needs of stakeholders in the sector. The high interest rate, according to him, has put many of his colleagues out of business due to huge debt.