Price hike: Ondo bans unions, associations’ activities

Ondo state Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

As part of efforts to checkmate undue hike in prices of products and services in Ondo state, government has taken measures to protect residents in the state by banning all activities of unions and associations.

The government has barred all trade unions and associations under the umbrella of Ondo State United Artisan Group, from fixing and enforcing uniform prices of goods and services sold/rendered by their members and non-members.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the decision was taken in the overall socio-economic interest of the people of the state.

“Government had before now, watched with discomfort and dismay, the economic suffocation of the people with unimaginable increases in prices of goods and services in markets, shops and other sales outlets across the state.

“Even without due regard for market forces, it is obvious that associations and unions are largely behind this unwholesome act.

“The state government has decided to act decisively as the public deserves protection from this undesirable exploitation under some guises.

“Therefore, fixing market prices and imposing fixed exorbitant prices on the people under the guise of association or union must be stopped forthwith.

“Accordingly, as part of the measures, individuals, artisans, traders and providers of services as well as farmers are henceforth allowed to operate, sell their produce and render any in any part of the state as they may deem profitable, based on the principle of demand and supply and prevailing market forces.

This is just as membership of associations and unions remains voluntary as provided for in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

“Consequently, government’s right to regulate the activities of trading associations and artisan groups has to be invoked in the interest of residents. Therefore, on no account should any union/association fix or enforce prices of goods and services.

“Similarly, there shall be no sale of tickets to artisans/traders by any association/union without due approval of the state government through the Internal Revenue Service”.