Taraba Burukutu women sellers association commence strike tomorrow
By Celestine Ihejirika, Jalingo
Haske women association of commercial liquor sellers popularly know as Burukutu in Taraba State have concluded plans to embark on a two week strike starting from Monday, 17, July 2023.
The association shortly after an emergency meeting at Dorowa Centre Jalingo declared that there was no going back on the proposed strike.
The vice chairperson/spokesperson of the association, madam Justina Solomon confirmed this to our correspondent in Jalingo, adding that the two week strike was to draw attention of the State Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas over sudden increase in the cost of grains and other stable food items in the state which she said was not within the reach of common masses.
According to the spokesperson, maize and Guinea corn which used to be sold at N15,000 per bag now sells at N45, 000 to N50,000 depending on the market bargain, pointing out that even fire wood which they use to prepare the local drink for customers now moves from N500 to N1,000 per each tier.
Madam Solomon said for them to remain in business, they have to review the price upwards just as she said that four litres content of Burukutu initially sold at N500 now goes to N1,000 or N1,200 while a full jerry can of 20 litres sells at N2,000 now cost N4,500 respectively.
She further disclosed that the strike was equally meant to appeal to Gov. Kefas to understand the present predicament facing the association as well as coming to their financial rescue.
While they use the fora and appreciated the Governor for carrying women and youth along, the association pledged to support his developmental plans to enable him succeed in the State.
The emergency meeting which draws attendants of all branches from Anguwan Kassa, Sabon-Layi, Sabon-Gari, Jika-Dafari, ATC ward, Anguwan Mangoro, Abuja phase I and II, Mile six and Lassandi axis among several others witnessed large turn out and warned that any member found selling Burukutu during period of strike will be arrested by security agents.