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13.04.2021 news After Losing Two Colleagues in Two Days, Uber, Bolt Drivers Decry ‘Inhumane Treatment’

Published 13th Apr, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

A yet-to-be-confirmed number of people, including an e-hailing driver, died as a result of a fatal accident at Ajah area of Lagos state around 10 pm on Sunday, FIJ can report.

According to a source, this accident makes it the second loss in just two days among the e-hailing drivers in Nigeria.

Kolawole Aina, the South-West Regional Vice-President for the Professional  E-hailing Drivers and Private-Owner Association, confirmed the incident, saying: “The accident happened at Ajah this night and the driver died on the spot. Many others were injured and have been taken to the hospital.

“Ajiwe Police Station have been informed and some other government officials have also brought in an ambulance.”

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FIJ gathered that one e-hailing driver had earlier died in an accident on Friday after sleeping off behind the wheels due to fatigue.

Aina complained that “what e-hailling drivers are going through from the hands of Uber/Bolt is extremely inhumane”.

“The beginning of this problem is the absence of regulations on the activities of this app companies. No profiling for riders and this is exposing drivers to criminal riders,” he said.

“The drivers get permanently deactivated from their platform on any slight issue the drivers might have with riders. 

“Meanwhile there is no training and retraining for these drivers. This is unacceptable because drivers deal with several kinds of riders on a daily basis. If there is no training, drivers are bound to misbehave.”

Aina proposed that fintech companies should partner with their association rather than dealing with the drivers individually. 

“This will allow the union to be properly carried along whenever any policy is about to take effect from the app companies to the drivers,” he said.

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Published 13th Apr, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

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