By Kenneth Ehigiator
LAGOS – Staff of Lekki Concession Company, LCC, operators of tolling on Lekki-Epe expressway, Monday, expressed anger against the management of the company for forcing them to report for work, despite absence of vehicles, occasioned by the indefinite strike embarked upon by labour unions in the country.
Vanguard gathered, that some of the staff of LCC were stranded at bus stops, as there were no commercial vehicles to convey them to the toll gate for duty.
It was learnt that the toll collectors were asked to sleep over in the office, so as not to miss out on toll collection from motorists, as those who had cause to return home for circumstances beyond their control were summoned to the toll gate.
“What kind of money are these people (LCC) looking for, asking workers to report for duty even when it was clear that there will be no vehicles on the road. To worsen things, the company did not even deem it necessary to send vehicles to pick the workers,” a source told Vanguard..
“I also know that despite the campaign against casual labour in this country, LCC is still involved in the practice. Majority of those people you think are the company’s staff are actually casual workers, who are paid very poor salaries,” a source told Vanguard.
The source, who expressed regret over the unholy romance between the company and Lagos State Government, said it was the same lack of regards, the company had for Lekki residents that it was visiting on its staff.
Continuing, the source said “it is difficult to believe that Lagos State and LCC are mounting three toll gates on a 23km stretch of road in a highly residential area, when the agreement between both parties indicate 49km.
“You can now see that the whole essence of that project for Lagos State Government was all about making money for itself and LCC and not rendering social service, for which people have been highly taxed,” the source added.