That the activities of touts have made living in Lagos a nightmare is an understatement. Daily, Lagosians go through harrowing experiences in the hands of government supported large number of touts who extort, harass, steal from and harm them in the name of revenue collection.
Taxing and more tax as introduced about twenty years ago by the Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, when he was the governor of the state continues to be a major source of revenue by the government and it is using touts for the collection especially in the informal sector.
Being touts,they are violent, brutal and even barbaric in their operations.
Their latest victim is the conductor of a commercial bus that one of the touts allegedly dragged down from the moving vehicle and he died after landing on the expressway.
Cases like this have become a recurrent decimal and no one can stop them because they have the full backing of the State government and Asiwaju in particular whom they branded “the owner of Lagos”.
MC Oluomo, who was appointed as head of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee, has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow his members to distribute sensitive electoral materials and transport election officials on Election Day.
The letter reads:
The Lagos State Parks and Garages Management (LASPG) hereby write to bring to your notice that Lagos State and States such as Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and some States are no longer under the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) as transportation is concerned. But under the various States Parks and Garages respectively.
Our notification and request letter become imperative in order for there not to be technical as well as administrative lacuna in terms of transporting logistics and deployment/retrieval of election materials and personnel to and from all election points in the aforementioned States during the forthcoming 2023 General Election which if not quickly addressed might affect the election day.
We at Lagos State Parks and Garages, under the Chairmanship of Alhaji (Dr.) Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya do hereby request that INEC should conduct an investigation into this information supplied while at the same time request that all transportation related arrangements in Lagos State should be at our preview because the operation of NURTW in Lagos State has been suspended.