The Lagos chapter of the Nationwide Union of Street Transport Staff, regionally known as agberos, generates about N123.08bn yearly which might service the annual finances of Nasarawa, Niger, and Yobe states put collectively, a statistical report by the Worldwide Centre for Investigative Report has proven.
The information which was launched on Thursday confirmed that the cash was realised by means of levies on passenger automobiles, bikes and tricycles solely.
Different sources of earnings not included within the report have been cash levied on hawkers, articulated automobiles, and individuals who visited sure markets to purchase items.
The report recorded a complete of 75,000 buses; 50,000 tricycles; and 37,000 bikes.
It confirmed that every day, N3000, N600, and N1800 have been levied on buses, bikes, and tricycles respectively.
These levies sum as much as N82.1bn for buses; N8.1bn for bikes and N32.9bn for tricycles yearly; making a complete of N123.078bn yearly.
Talking on how the union might generate such cash, an in depth affiliate of the NURTW who spoke to our correspondent on situation of anonymity, mentioned, “It’s a extremely linked and effectively organised syndicate.
“Take Idumota, for instance; some agberos work within the workplace, others work on the streets; some work within the morning, some are continuously on afternoon shifts.
“Some even have days that they work. Though, there’s a fastened value, however the rule of the sport is that the agberos cost the drivers primarily based on the quantity he charged the passengers.”
He added that in Idumota, there have been over seven chairmen who get deliveries from the boys that work on the streets. “The boys have supply targets which is the rationale why they act rudely to the drivers and passengers alike,” he added.
He narrated additional that to work with them, one should know one chairman or one other famend hoodlum on the road.
He talked about the case of a younger man who went to Badagry to get diabolic fortifications in order that he may very well be efficient on the job.
A passenger, Emmanuel Francis, expressed issues over the actions of NURTW members.
He urged the Federal Authorities to control their actions.
When contacted, a spokesperson for the Lagos Inner Income Service, Monsurat Amasa, mentioned she couldn’t touch upon the quantity the NURTW generated however added that as part of the casual sector, the physique paid taxes to the federal government.