We Can not Ban ‘Agberos’ As a result of They Are Our Cousins, Brothers, Says Hamzat, Lagos Deputy Governor
Obafemi Hamzat, deputy governor of Lagos State, has mentioned that ‘Agberos’ can’t be banned within the state as a result of they have been “our brothers and cousins”.
‘Agberos’ in Lagos are infamous for charging taxes that aren’t remitted to the federal government, terrorising neighbourhoods, robbing passengers and rigging elections for corrupt politicians.
Hamzat, whereas talking with journalists to commemorate his 56th birthday in Lagos, mentioned the Nationwide Union of Highway Transport Staff to which the touts belong, had the identical legitimacy and backing of the legislation because the Nigeria Medical Affiliation.
He mentioned, “We now have all agreed that we dwell by the structure and legal guidelines. The Nationwide Union of Highway Transport Staff is definitely a union recognised by legislation. I do know some folks say ban them, however the authorities should additionally watch out. Once you simply say arbitrarily ban them, what stops you from saying I need to ban the Nigerian Medical Affiliation? Do you perceive? There are occasions authorities and NMA have points; does that imply they need to be banned? They’re expressing their opinion.
“They could be unsuitable or proper however they’ve the fitting to precise these opinions. After which bear in mind these folks (NURTW) are Nigerians; they’re our brothers and cousins. So, one of many issues we have now been telling them is that in case you are the chairman in Ajeromi and we see that there are all types of contraventions in Ajeromi, we are going to take away you as a boss. We’re not banning your union however it means you might be incompetent.
“So, that’s the consequence of one of many conferences we had with them, that if there’s an infraction in any of the areas as a result of government in that space, then it must be dissolved. After which you realize we complain about our society, why folks battle on the street; we have now all gone all over the world and it’s only right here we see folks combating on the street and tearing garments off themselves, why? That has to vary, however altering that doesn’t imply banning them.
“It’s to ensure we discover the time and work together with them, and say, ‘look that is the way it works’. Keep in mind throughout former (Governor Bola Ahmed) Tinubu’s administration after we began BRT; it was a tug of struggle, however we took the union to Colombia to see how the union there metamorphosed into proudly owning the BRT and so lots of these blue buses at the moment have been owned by the union.
“We mentioned, ‘See you’ll be able to ship your kids to high school by this; this can be a job you’ll be able to say you might be happy with.’ Surprisingly they paid again the loans for the buses shortly. The identical factor is occurring within the abattoir (enterprise); folks say they don’t need the machines, a few of our brothers mentioned it’s un-Islamic that they need to kill the cow themselves. So, we went to Kenya and Tanzania and we noticed Muslims killing in an automatic approach, and they also agreed. So, it’s a matter of partaking folks and letting them see the rationale they should change their perspective. That’s our approach of doing issues, not simply say put them away.”