Nigeria: E-hailing drivers call for regulation of industry

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The Professional E-Hailing Drivers and Private-Owners Association of Nigeria (PEDPAN) has called for proper regulation of the industry to ensure protection of the workers and their welfare, and attract necessary investors.

The association made the call in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Jossy Olawale, on Wednesday in Lagos, in which he said that lack of government regulation and protection was a challenge in the industry.

He also called on the app companies to review their pricing system and unlawful deactivation of drivers, ensure proper profiling of riders, and reduce the commission charged.

The PEDPAN publicity secretary said that the delayed certification of the association as a trade union in e-hailing industry by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity was not helping the situation.

“Government has really not given required attention to this multi-billion naira sub-sector of transportation industry in spite of several calls by PEDPAN for proper regulation that will protect  drivers’ welfare and attract necessary investors,” he said.

The labour movement in e-hailing transportation sub-sector of Nigeria, according to him, grew speedily out of a dire need to protect workers’ (drivers) common interest and advance their welfare,

“PEDPAN, therefore, is using this medium to appeal to government and labour ministry to give required attention to PEDPAN’s application for labour status, “ he said.

The publicity secretary also urged app companies in the industry to synergise with the union and implement policies that were favourable to all stakeholders.

He called on the Ministry of Science and Technology to mandate the app companies to carry out proper profiling of passengers, to enhance security of the drivers.

Olawale said that the association was calling on indigenous technology firms with vast knowledge in ride hailing application development and management for partnership and collaboration that would amplify the industry’s hidden treasure,

He said that these include indigenous automobile companies, fleet management companies, finance and investment companies, banks and insurance companies with related business, and government at all levels.