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Foodstuff dealers threaten fresh strike

By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Fresh crisis in the supply of food items in Lagos is imminent as traders at Mile 12 market under the Amalgamated, Foodstuffs and Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria have threatened to embark on another round of strike from 21 April, 2010.

The dealers said the measure became necessary following the failure of the state government to call its revenue collecting agents to order and stop alleged illegal levies, they termed “extortion.”

The dealers had suspended an earlier strike by the association following the setting up of the fact-finding committee by Governor Babatunde Fashola to resolve the matter

Speaking to newsmen yesterday in his office at the Mile 12 market, Secretary of the Association, Kabir Al-Hassan, explained that despite intervention of the governor which necessitated calling off the warning strike his association embarked on last month, agents of the Lagos State government particularly the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and officials of LASTMA were still extorting the traders on the highway.

Al-Hassan said the Mile 12 traders had decided to give Governor Fashola a week ultimatum  to receive  the report of the committee and act on it by correcting the anomalies or they would embark on an indefinite strike.

The state Commissioner for Transportation, Prof. Bamidele Badejo had earlier denied any involvement of LASTMA in the alleged extortion, saying “LASTMA is only involved in traffic management and not collection of levies or fines from motorists.”


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