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Drivers’ protest paralyses commercial activities in Abeokuta

By Kolade Larewaju

ABEOKUTA – COMMERCIAL activities for the second day running came to a halt in Abeokuta yesterday as protesting taxi drivers withdrew their cabs from the streets in protest over alleged unfair tax imposed on them by the State Government.

The State Government had directed the drivers to pay personal income tax of N3,000 per annum on each taxi driver which the drivers’ protested that the imposition of the new tax regime was “double taxation” as they pay N1, 500 for vehicle license and another amount for hackney permit.

Yesterday’s strike was however more biting for commuters as most of them had to trek  long distances to their destinations.

Those who could not trek were left at the mercy of commercial motorcyclists “Okada” who charged exorbitant fares to take them to their destinations and in some cases about 300 percent of the usual fare.

Badly affected were pupils of primary and secondary schools who only resumed on Monday after being forced to stay at home due to their teachers’ strike which lasted several weeks.

One of the leaders of NURTW told Vanguard that the taxi drivers would not return to the road unless government backed down from its position on the new tax regime.


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