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Lagos foodstuff traders call off strike

The Amalgamated Foodstuffs and Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria said on Tuesday in Lagos that it has suspended its proposed strike scheduled for April 21.

Shehu Usman, the Financial Secretary of the association, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the planned strike was suspended to allow the governments of Lagos and Ogun states to meet its demands.

Usman said that the levies collected from its members who bring in foodstuffs from other parts of the country into Lagos had reduced. He said that the Ogun government had removed three levies out of the five being collected from its members in that region. The financial secretary added that the Lagos State government had also cancelled four from the numerous levies being charged the dealers.

According to him, a committee had also been set up at the federal level to look into the matter.“The committee has assured the association that other states involved in the levies would comply accordingly.

So we are no longer going on strike by tomorrow (April 21),” he said. NAN reports that the association had threatened to embark on strike from April 21, barely four weeks after it called off a strike to draw attention to its members” plight.

The association said the levies were becoming unbearable and could further increase the prices of foodstuffs in Lagos State.


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