Taxi Operators in Ogun State have been assured of government’s continued protection against any form of harassment by law enforcement officers, provided their daily activities were exercise under the confines of the law.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun gave this assurance while addressing members of Taxi Operators and Owners Association, Ogun State Chapter, who were on a peaceful protest to his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Shuaib Salisu, Governor Abiodun said government would continue to ensure that their rights were adequately protected, commending them for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves during the protest.
He stated that the decision of the State government to reduce passengers to three, was only implemented towards ensuring passengers and taxi operators’ safety, as part of resolve to observe Covid-19 protocols, urging taxi drivers to report any harassment by TRACE officer to higher authorities, having complied with all traffic laws.
“A directive will be forwarded to TRACE that anyone who comply with the Covid-19 protocols and other traffic laws should not be harassed. In case of any intimidation them there are service numbers to call and lodge your complains,” the Governor said.
Earlier, one of the leaders of Taxi Operators, Mr. Tijani Lukmon lamented the attendant effect of Covid-19 Pandemic on them, appealing to government to come to their aid, particularly on the incessant arrest of members by Trace Officials.
He said the latest increase in Petroleum pump price may send many of them out of transportation business, if government did not rescind its decision on the fuel pump price hike, calling also for more measures to further cushion the negative effect of the Pandemic on the citizenry.
The spokesperson of the Association, Adesina Adebankole appreciated Governor Abiodun for addressing them, commending the ongoing massive rehabilitation of roads across the State.
Press Officer, Office of the Chief of Staff