The Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria -JDWAN, had yesterday, November 2, suspended its seven days strike, over purported extortion by administrators of the Lagos State Park and Garages Management on major roads in the state.
The suspension is however, pending further resolutions of the matter, as several members of the association have said they won’t be resuming activities until their grievances are met and resolved.
Recall that the JDWAN members had, on Monday, October 31, embarked on a seven-day warning strike, which lasted until the third day, yesterday, November 2.
The JDWAN, led by its president Akintade Abiodun, yesterday, ordered its members to resume work at the end of a crucial stakeholders’ meeting with representatives of the state government, led by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Gbolahan Toriola, at the ministry’s conference hall, in Alausa, Ikeja.
In the wake of the strike action, the state government had summoned the leadership of the unregistered union to the meeting with the aim of resolving their grievances over alleged extortion.
The state government and the transport union leadership had however, reschedule the meeting to allow for a larger participation, as members of Lagos State Parks and Garages, led by Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called MC Oluomo, were absent after waiting endlessly for JDWAN members hours after the scheduled time. JDWAN, at the end of the meeting, had then ordered other transport unions, including: Ibile Drivers Stakeholders Association of Nigeria, DSWAN, Mega City Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria, MCDWA, Federal Assisted Mass Transit Incorporation, FAMTI, Owners, Drivers and Conductors Association, ODCA, Commercial Bus Drivers and Owners Operators of Lagos, CBDOP, Mini Bus Drivers Welfare Association, MNDWA, to resume their activities.