Uber and Bolt drivers have started a strike in Abuja (Read Details)

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The drivers are pushing for an immediate increase in e-cab charges to reflect the country’s current economic reality.
Hundreds of Uber and Bolt e-cab drivers in Abuja launched a three-day warning strike on Monday under the aegis of the National Coalition of Ridesharing Professionals (NACORP) in protest of the e-hailing companies’ alleged exploitation and extortion.

The drivers are pushing for an immediate increase in e-cab charges to reflect the country’s current economic reality.

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Commuters were stranded at numerous bus stations as a result of the drivers’ strike, which slowed down movement and economic activity in the nation’s capital.

On behalf of the organisation, NACORP Deputy Coordinator, Administration, Fred Aleburu, spoke to press on Monday and urged for the profile of riders (passengers) for security reasons.

He urged the government to help them by enacting suitable legislation to control the ride-hailing businesses’ activities and operations.

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Despite the country’s dire economic position, Aleburu claims that the app developers have failed to revise its fare, continuing to charge N300 for a trip.

Despite all efforts to find a long-term solution to the problem, he accused the firms of being unsympathetic to their plight.

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He asked why the service providers were solely interested in profiling drivers and were hesitant to ask for their clients’ valid forms of identification (riders).

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He promised that they would damage the companies’ operations as a result of their indignities and premature deaths.

“We have banded together to organize this three-day warning strike since Uber and Bolt have failed to profile their riders since their debut in Nigeria.” Despite the fact that we have participated in countless protests, our drivers continue to die. When passengers get into our vehicles, they kill the drivers, and in the end, neither Uber nor Bolt will have legitimate identification certificates for the so-called passengers.

“It’s simple; let us share a valid and equal identity with the riders so that we can figure out who did what when they commit evil.” Second, in this difficult economic climate, the fare has been drastically lowered, which is exactly what we are experiencing right now.

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“When we are buying petrol at a high cost and repairing our car at a high cost, Uber and Bolt can provide you a trip of N300 as a drop-off.” There is no longer any servicing for vehicles worth less than N10,000.”

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