Some Uber and Bolt drivers in Lagos have threatened to commence strike over low fares on Monday.
The e-cab operators, under the umbrella of Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association (PEDPA), threatened to embark on strike if their demands were not met.
The drivers have asked the e-hailing companies for increase on fares being charged by the operators.
National President of PEDPA, Idris Shonuga said this at a briefing in Lagos on Saturday.
According to him, the companies had refused to review its pricing despite unprecedented increases in the price of fuel, vehicles spare parts, food items and other essential commodities in the country.
“In a quest to work and harmoniously at resolving some issues, the association wrote several letters to the companies which was not attended to, showing nonchalant attitude towards our plight.
“Your companies have failed, refused and neglected to honour our request for a meeting to discuss issues beneficial to all e-hailing drivers in Nigeria.
“And to fashion a harmonious relationship that will benefit, dignify and improve the standard of living of e-hailing drivers, private car owners and the general standard of e-hailing business in the country.
“Instead of fixing a new and reasonable fare in line with inflation, the companies have recklessly continued to maintain the low fare, thereby, impoverishing hard working young Nigerians who are diligently and lawfully trying to make a decent living,”he said.
The PEDPA therefore threatened to embark on strike if their demands were not met on Monday.
Also in their request, the e-cab operators demanded adequate welfare package for drivers and compensation to the families of those who lost their lives or are permanently disabled in the line of duty.
According to the association, “more than 15 drivers had lost their lives, some had been permanently disabled in accidents in the course of the service while over 20 others have also lost their lives through kidnapping or killed by ritualists without any compensation from the operators.