Members of the National Association of Scrap and Waste Dealers Employers of Nigeria (NASWDEN) will today commence peaceful protest against touts operating on the highways in the guise of collecting tolls for local government authorities.
NASWDEN National President, Comrade John Egaji Obeh, who directed all the union members, agents and councils across the country to join in the peaceful demonstration, explained that the protest was principally against some touts who had formed different groups with the sole aim of harassing the union members conveying scrap and waste materials on the federal highways and collecting illegal tolls from them.
Obeh added that the union’s agents, dealers, suppliers and members had experienced series of multiple taxation by various agencies of government throughout the federation whenever they were to convey scrap metals to any other part of the country.
The NASWDEN President pleaded with the Inspector- General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to ensure his officers and men carry out his directives of July 2, 2015 to dislodge officials operating on the highways in the guise of collecting tolls for local government authorities, more so that the touts were still very much on the highways harassing and intimidating his members.
He noted that the areas with highest number of illegal ticket operators were Sagamu, Ogere and Atoyo in Ogun State, stressing that the union will no longer tolerate this illegal extortions from his members across the country.
Obeh, who said the union was doing everything possible within the confines of the law to put a stop to this ugly trend, appealed to other security agencies to collaborate with NASWDEN to eradicate touts on the federal highways.
NASWDEN President called on the Nigeria Police to ensure any tout collecting illegal levies on the federal highways from his members face the full weight of the law for the safety of lives and property, more so that the activities of the touts masquerading as toll collectors had often caused untold hardships to people.