Foodstuff/cattle dealers in Nigeria embark on nationwide strike

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THE Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to address the killing of its members in parts of the country.

The union said it had earlier complained about the incident to the FG, security services and the National Assembly without results, stating that it would embark on strike if nothing was done to stop the killing of its members.

Addressing journalists in Abuja the President of the union, Muhammad Tahir, said the foodstuff and cattle dealers had continued to suffer intimidation, humiliation and destruction of their goods.

Tahir added that 151 members were killed during the #EndSARS protests last October while 100 were murdered during the Sasha market crisis in Ibadan two weeks ago.

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He further stated that his association had written to the President, Muhammadu Buhari about the killing of its members but no action was taken.

Tahir has however demanded N450bn compensation from the government for the losses suffered by the union members and the dismantling of illegal roadblocks on the highways.

All members are expected to participate actively.”He stressed that the amalgamated union of foodstuff and cattle dealers of Nigeria has held a series of meetings at different places and resolve to defend the interest of members nationwide.

He asserted that the union nationwide is contributing immensely to the economic growth of Nigeria by providing revenue and taxes to the Federal government including 36 states of the federation..

He further stated that other issues hindering the activities of the union include multiple taxations, mounting illegal roadblocks at unavoidable and strategic locations on federal highways and demand for the payment of illegitimate tax worth up to N450,000 before reaching a destination.”

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