Lagosians Cash In On Stranded Airport Passengers Amid Students Protest
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The ongoing students protest along the Lagos Airport access roads has opened a new form of business for many young Lagosians as many were seen charging different fees to help stranded airport travellers carry their luggages to the airport while the passengers trekked the distance.
Recall that students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) had mobilised early on Monday morning to protest over the lingering strike of their lecturers, thereby blocking the roads leading to the airport and leaving many airport passengers who had flights to catch stranded in the ensuing traffic.
Many passengers were forced to leave their vehicles and trek to the airport inorder not to miss their flights while some of the passengers with heavy luggages were seen hiring labourers to help them carry their luggages on their heads to the airport in exchange for different fees depending on the size of the luggages.
Speaking with kadecommunicationng, one of the young men helping airport passengers to carry their luggages explained that a bag goes for as much as N5000.
According to the young man who simply identified himself as Taiwo Hamzat, “I have made close to N30,000 doing this since morning when the students started their protest
“Many of the airport passengers got stranded in the traffic as a result of the students protest. Many had to jump down from their vehicles because they had flights to catch.
“For very few that had just hand luggages, they trekked the distance carrying their bags in their hands. However, for some others, mostly ladies, they had too much luggages and needed help to lift them to the airport.
“We charge N5,000 per luggage, and I have already carried about six luggages to the airport from the Agege Motor road for different airport passengers.
“Some of my colleagues have made more than me because they started earlier than me. We are rendering help but at a cost.”
Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities has been on strike since February 14 2022.