Traders at the three main markets in the capital, the Central Market, New Market and Wadata, did not open their shops after the strike call.
The secretary general of Niger Importers and Exporters Union (SCIEGN) Chaibou Tchombiano who expressed satisfaction with the response to the strike, said the protest is aimed at forcing Bollore to leave Niger.
According to an agreement signed with the Nigerien government, Niger Terminal, a subsidiary of Bollore Group, has been operating the main warehouses in Niamey since July 18, 2016. The warehouses are considered as the nerve center for the Nigerien economy.
Nigerien shop owners and transporters have urged the government to reconsider its position. According to them, Bollore Group is renowned “for its bad reputation in Africa due to its unorthodox and corrupt practices.”
“Bollore is here to steal from traders and the Nigerien state, something that will definitely lead to loss of revenue for the state and an increase in the prices of imported basic food products,” they affirmed.
SCIEGN secretary general said through Monday’s protest, the traders wanted to demonstrate their determination to end Bollore’s operations in Niger.
While stating they were open to dialogue, the trade unionists warned they may spread the protests to the interior of the country if their demands are not satisfactorily addressed. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana