OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN
PUNCH confirmed to CMM, Acting General Secretary of the union, Kabiru Yau, called on the government to subsidise operation cost for motorists.
He commended the Federal Government for lifting the ban on interstate travel in the country.
“This is because the money that will be generated from the reduced number of passengers will barely cover the cost of fuel for the journey.
“So, what is the gain? What will you give to the owner of the vehicle? So, the government should please help us look into this matter.”
On maintaining the COVID-19 protocols, he said the union would ensure its passengers obey the use of face masks, sanitisers, amongst others.
Yau said, “We thank the Federal Government for lifting the ban; it is a welcome development because it is over three months that our members have been out of jobs and without income.
“At least, our people will now start working and get something to feed their families.
“But at the same time, due to the spacing in the vehicles which will require the drivers to carry only nine or ten instead of the usual 18 passengers, the income of the drivers will be reduced.
He said the guidelines outlined by the government for the resumption of operations amid the coronavirus pandemic require operators to carry fewer passengers on each trip, thereby reducing their income.