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  • Updated: July 20, 2023

Subsidy Removal: We Are Facing Worst Hardship — Uber, Bolt Drivers

Subsidy Removal: We Are Facing Worst Hardship — Uber, Bolt

Drivers in Nigeria under the umbrella of the Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers of Nigeria (AUATWON) have lamented the impact of the fuel subsidy removal, saying it has increased hardships for their members.

This was made known in a statement by the chairman Media and Publicity Committee, Jossy Olawale, citing that the app companies had refused to adjust fare prices to profit the workers. 

They said they are facing the worst hardships of their lives as a result of the removal as they contend with fixed rates, adding: 

“App-based transport workers in Nigeria are facing the worst hardship of their lives as a result of fuel subsidy removal and lack of ability to adjust our transport price anytime there is an increase in the price of fuel just the way other transporters can quickly adjust to the reality. 

“The app companies Uber, Bolt, Lagride, Indriver and others fix the price and their commission, leaving the drivers to their losses; the situation of our drivers today is that we are the ones subsidising the transport fare for the riders in Nigeria.

“However, the means of survival is now a state of hopelessness for our members, whose daily operational cost is largely dependent on petrol. 

“Also, in less than two months, this cost has gone up by over 350 per cent to 400 per cent respectively, depending on the part of Nigeria one lives, as today, fuel is now sold between N570  and N715 per litre in this country." 

The Association, therefore, urged the Federal Government to review the removal of fuel subsidy.

"Our members cannot afford the cost of conversion as it were, and we want the government to support in this direction along with other measures as quickly as possible before the situation will fully become unbearable. 

“We are also calling on the government to revisit the removal of subsidy considering the multiplier effect on the economy and deteriorating living standard of the poor.”  

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