The Nigerian e-hailing drivers and lease partners’ community have created an umbrella body called the Professional E-Hailing Drivers and Private-Owners Association.

The new union is affiliated with the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria.

In a press conference held in Lagos on Tuesday, the President, PEDPA, Idris Oluwaseun, announced that the union was created to promote drivers’ welfare and protect the asset of its members.

He said the body sought to provide welfare packages to members in need, confront app companies that block drivers unjustifiably and ultimately push for a true partnership between app companies and drivers as well as commensurate fare.

Oluwaseun noted that PEDPA had approached the Lagos State Government on behalf of drivers whose cars were impounded when the state government used the Vehicle Inspection Service to draw the attention of app companies to the negotiations table.

According to him, PEDPA became part of the negotiation together with app companies since then, and in defending its members’ interests, it was able to get a reviewed law that suites the e-hailing industry.

“It is obvious that the Lagos State Government is truly determined to see a more secure and profitable e-hailing transportation subsector and PEDPA as an association has truly taken the centre stage in defending the interest of its members amidst negotiation,” Oluwaseun said.

The president added that PEDPA would fight for the interest of her members.

He said, “Today, we have taken a giant stride to champion this purposeful e-hailing drivers’ community association course, that is created to promote the welfare and safety of drivers while strengthening the unity of purpose among us, and indeed we are very happy with our efforts and achievements so far.”

Representing the TUC General Secretary, Musa Lawal, the Assistant General Secretary, TUC, Kenneth Mokwemye, said the congress was highly impressed with what the union was doing.

He assured the association that the congress would not turn its back on them.

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