Trade Union Decries Touts Attacks, Extortion

Trade Union Decries Touts Attacks, Extortion


LAGOS:The National President of National Association of Iron Rod and Steel Drivers Association of Nigeria(IRSDAN), Comrade Innocent Nwachukwu has called on both the Lagos and Ogun State governments to as a matter of urgency find a lasting solution to double taxation on their members conveying finished iron and steel in the States, adding that the act is seriously affecting the cost of transacting business in the two States.

The National President, Comrade Innocent Nwachukwu, who spoke to our reporter at Ogujo, Ogun State office of IRSDAN after they rose from a meeting with the state national executive council of the association, wondered that touts acting as Lagos and Ogun state government agents respectively were fond of extorting exorbitant levies on trucks conveying finished Iron and Steel products.

Nwachukwu, flanked vice national chairman, Comrade Nicholas Nwachukwu, national Secretary, Comrade Jude and other
executives, disclosed that he had already petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the development.

Based on the petition, he sought the intervention of security agents in checking extortion and other illegal activities of purported revenue collectors.

According to him, some groups under the guise of various state revenue collectors have been molesting drivers conveying the finished products of Iron Rod and Steel on the roads.

Comrade Nwachukwu identified Odogonyo, Ogere and Sagamu highways as the flashpoints in Lagos and Ogun states respectively where hoodlums forcefully stop trucks conveying the finished products of Iron Rod and Steel, beat up the drivers and extort money from them.

The national president claimed that between N15 and N25,000 was often extorted from each truck, adding that the situation had made life unbearable for their members even as the Comrade lamented that the issue the touts alleged continued attacks on their members had may lead to ethnic crisis if not probably checked.

He said series of efforts to seek Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his Lagos state counterpart, His Excellency, Chief Ambode Judge’s intervention on the matter had allegedly been frustrated.

He said, “Our association is a registered trade union. We the Governor of Ogun and Lagos states to use their exalted offices and save our numerous members who have suffered unwarranted losses from these groups in the execution of illegal levies”, he concluded.