Uber and Bolt
On Saturday, some Uber and Bolt e-cab drivers in Lagos demanded that the e-hailing companies immediately raise the fares they charge, or they will leave the roads on Monday.
The Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association (PEDPA), which represents e-cab operators, threatened to go on strike if their demands were not met.
At a press conference in Lagos, Mr Idris Shonuga, the National President of PEDPA, called for an immediate increase in e-cab fares to represent the country's current economic reality.
Over 95% of e-hailing transactions, according to Shonuga, are completed via the Uber and Bolt platforms.
Despite unprecedented increases in the price of fuel, vehicle spare parts, food, and other critical commodities in the country, he said the companies had refused to review their pricing.
“In a quest to work and harmoniously at resolving some issues, the association wrote several letters to the companies which was not attended to, showing nonchalant attitude towards our plight.
“Your companies have failed, refused and neglected to honour our request for a meeting to discuss issues beneficial to all e-hailing drivers in Nigeria.
“And to fashion a harmonious relationship that will benefit, dignify and improve the standard of living of e-hailing drivers, private car owners and the general standard of e-hailing business in the country.
“Instead of fixing a new and reasonable fare in line with inflation, the companies have recklessly continued to maintain the low fare, thereby, impoverishing hard working young Nigerians who are diligently and lawfully trying to make a decent living,” Shonuga said.
The e-cab companies also requested a sufficient welfare allowance for passengers, as well as compensation for the families of those who died or were permanently disabled while on duty.
More than 15 drivers had died in collisions during the operation, according to the organization, and some had been permanently disabled.
According to the group, more than 20 others have been kidnapped or murdered by ritualists without receiving any reimbursement from the operators.
If the association's demands were not met, Shonuga said the group was considering taking legal action to obtain remedies from the e-hailing firms.