BY JOHN EBIOFINI

 

THE ONDO STATE GOVERNMENT HAS SUSPENDED ACTIVITIES OF FISH SELLERS ASSOCIATION, OF NIGERIA AKURE CHAPTER.

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO GOVERNOR AKEREDOLU ON SECURITY MATTERS, ALHAJI JIMOH DOJUMO ANNOUNCED THE SUSPENSION WHILE ADDRESSING SOME FISH SELLERS WHO STAGED A PEACEFUL PROTEST TO THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE IN ALAGBAKA AKURE, DEMANDING THE DISBANDMENT OF THEIR ASSOCIATION OVER ALLEGED HIGH HANDEDNESS BY THE LEADERSHIP.

ALHAJI DOJUMO PROMISED THAT GOVERNMENT WOULD LOOK INTO ACTIVITIES OF THE FISH SELLERS ASSOCIATION WITH A VIEW TO MAKING IT MORE RESPONSIVE TO THE PLIGHTS OF MEMBERS.

Alhaji Dojumo Addressing the fish sellers

THE PROTESTERS WHO WERE WOMEN WALKED FROM THE POPULAR OBA MARKET TO GOVERNOR’S OFFICE IN AKURE, HOLDING LEAVES TO SHOW THEIR GRIEVANCES.

THEY ALLEGED THAT ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSOCIATION’S LEADERSHIP HAD BROUGHT UNTOLD HARDSHIP TO THEM, LEADING TO THE DEATH OF A MEMBER RECENTLY.

TWO OF THEM, MRS BLESSING JOHNSON AND MRS FOLUKE AJAYI EXPLAINED THAT LEADERSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION PREVENTED THE DECEASED FROM BUYING FISH FROM A COLD ROOM BECAUSE SHE WAS STILL OWING A SUM OF ONE THOUSAND NAIRA FOR HER MEMBERSHIP FORM.

ACCORDING TO THEM, THE SITUATION FORCED THE WOMAN TO DODGE UNDER AN OLD BUILDING WHICH THEY SAID EVENTUALLY COLLAPSED ON HER.

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