The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, has slammed the state government backed park managers and the tax they collect from commercial motorists.
This is as he lamented that the state was due for a working transport system after 23 years of promise by the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Jandor said this in reaction to a reported strike action planned by commercial motorists in Lagos.
He said in a statement, “Lagos has always had a transportation problem. For 23 years running, we have waited for the completion of the Blue Rail and Red Rail lines promised by successive APC government to ease the pressure on public road transportation. The vacuum caused by these avoidable delays has been filled by thousands of private transportation providers who devote their time and vehicles serving the needs of Lagos’s growing population.
“But instead of supporting these enterprising individuals, many of whom rely on the revenue from these businesses to support their nuclear and extended families and finance their larger dreams, rampant taxation and extortion from government backed park and garages managers and poor maintenance of roads has put undue strain on this vital sector of the economy.
“It is understandable that in light of the growing inflation added to all these other challenges, private transport providers are speaking up to protest this injustice and demand that the government takes responsibility & begins the process of reforming the sector. I stand with them and call on the Lagos state government to listen to their demands and take action.
“To ignore them would be to confirm what many already believe, that the present government is complicit in the corruption, violence and extortion in the Lagos state transport sector. I believe that nothing short of a change of leadership will begin the process of reforming the transport sector in the state, and we are willing and ready to do what is needed to bring sanity and progress for all.
“This is a wake up call, and the present government would do well to respond with empathy and swift action if they will have any hope of leaving any kind of positive legacy when they leave next year.”