Bricklayers condemn cement price hike, threaten protest
Bricklayers under the aegis of Lagos State Bricklayers Association has threatened to embark on a rally to press home their demand for a reduction in cement price on September 26.
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Deacon Abel Olukayode, who heads the organisation told The Nation that the recent hike in cement price from N1,600 to between N2, 000 and N2, 600 per bag did not go down well with bricklayers.
Olukayode called on Federal Government to intervene to reduce the price, or the association’s over 500 members would hold a rally Sept. 26.
While attributing the price increase to the prevailing naira/dollar exchange rate, he urged President Muhammadu Buhari administration to save Nigerians by reducing the exchange rate to between N100 and N170/per dollar.
Olukayode blamed the rising price of cement for the incessant building collapse.
“We have been lamenting over rising incidents of building collapse in the country. Are we not going to lose more lives and property, following the astronomical rise in cement price?’’ he told the paper.
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