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IN ABUJA, BLACK MARKETERS THREATEN STRIKE
« on: December 24, 2009, 02:20:52 PM »
Black Xmas
? In Abuja, black marketers threaten strike
From CHRIS MUHHAMMED, Abuja
Thursday, December 24, 2009


Fuel scarcity persists

Barely 24 hours to Christmas, Nigerians residing in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja are faced with greater reasons for worries over the lingering fuel crisis, as roadside fuel hawkers have threatened to stop sales today.

A cross section of the hawkers, also known as black marketers, who spoke with Daily Sun in Abuja said the proposed strike is a pre-emptive warning to the Federal Capital DevelopmentAuthority, which they say, had started a secret move to raid their various selling points.
Some of the black marketers who are mainly of northern extraction said, it is also a warning to state government, which had taken very far reaching steps at providing a legislation to criminalize their activities, when it should concern itself with employment generation.

The proposed strike, which is scheduled to take off on the eve of Christmas is also intended to make the police and the management of the FCT to make categorical statements on the status of the black market in the nation?s capital.

Although most of the places visited in the FCT still had the boys on the streets, they had resorted to using only the pipes as bait for their patrons.

Daily Sun observed that the market is still flourishing, and seem the only reliable source of fuel in the city.
The marketers, who spoke about their plans in whispers argued that it is unfair the way they are hunted like criminals, even though they had to go through very dangerous negotiations with security operatives who extort large amounts of money from them, both at the filling stations and on the streets.
One of the hawkers at the Area One shopping complex in the city centre, who simply identified himself as Bala, said government should consider the black marketers as hope in these trying times and commend them for making the product available, against the odds.

?It is not good, the way the government considers us like criminals. We are gainfully employed. This is business, like buying shares, like hoarding beans for another season, like any other business. If you ask my opinion, I will say the black marketers should be part of the business of fuel sale and distribution. We are always there, like generator to NEPA, and instead of commending us for doing what the filling stations cannot do, they are trying to take away our source of livelihood,? he said.

It was not possible to get any of their purported officials to speak on the issue of the strike at the Area 11 point of the black market. The only male who agreed to speak on the issue simply said: ?We do not want to talk on this issue as it will make it more difficult for us to get fuel. We are already finding it difficult to get fuel from our source.?

He, however, advised members of the public to get enough fuel from their selling points before they hold back their sale.

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IN ABUJA, BLACK MARKETERS THREATEN STRIKE
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Re: IN ABUJA, BLACK MARKETERS THREATEN STRIKE
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2009, 02:21:50 PM »
Fuel black marketers is something that should never exist in a country like Nigeria.

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Re: IN ABUJA, BLACK MARKETERS THREATEN STRIKE
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2010, 03:02:03 AM »
I wonder what would have happened if Nigeria was not producing Crude Oil.
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