Vanguard (Lagos)

19 February 2013

Nigeria: Protest Paralyses Activities At Lagos Governor's Office

Lagos — ACTIVITIES at Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, were yesterday paralysed by protesting Lagos Island Fashion Dealers Association members, popularly called Breadfruit Market and workers of Moreno Group of Company, who stormed the office of the Governor over perceived ill-treatment.

As early as 11a.m., the protesters barricaded the entrance to the Governor's Office and other roads, obstructing the free flow of traffic for several hours until about 5:00 p.m., saying, "all we want is for Governor Babatunde Fashola to order that our stalls be re-opened for us to commence business activities."

While the traders were protesting the continued closure of Breadfruit Street by the government, workers of Moreno Group of Company were on the other hand protesting non-payment of their six months salaries.

This came as Governor Fashola inaugurated a three-man committee of enquiry on the firecracker explosion at Jankara Market, Lagos Island Local Government, on December 26, 2012.

It will be recalled that fire gutted Euroasia Plaza, a five-storey building housing the traders and a branch of a commercial bank, on October 27, 2012, prompting the governor to order its immediate closure.

The traders argued that the inferno wasn't as bad as the Jankara fire-crackers explosion, which had been re-opened by the state government.

They displayed several placards with inscriptions: 'Don't use police to intimidate us', 'Our source of livelihood has been tampered with unjustly', 'The lives you claim to protect are dying', 'Enough is enough', 'A hungry man is an angry man', 'We want our stalls reopened', among others. after Euroasia inferno, we are tired of sitting at home, Is there government in Nigeria, Our children are suffering, Please, Fashola, come to our aid,' among others."

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