Alliance Against Monopoly, AAM, has requested President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently call management of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, to order so as to forestall what they called the organisation’s “avidity to pursuing enlightened self-interest in the guise of public good.”
The group made this call in a special press conference organised in Lagos to disassociate its members from a recent publication in some national newspapers which claimed that the association had planned to demonstrate in parts of the country over some imagined issues against the SON.
President of AAM, Mazi Omife I. Omife told journalists that the conference was organized to decry the spate of orchestrated onslaught on the image and integrity of the association. According to him, ‘these attacks which have escalated in the past few days are intended to misrepresent AAM and impose on it phantom officers and activities that are alien to our organization.’
Specifically, he mentioned one Mr. Mohammed Aliu Usman who purportedly spoke on behalf of the AAM in the said publications and declared that Usman was not a member of the association and neither was he known to the body.
The AAM boss argued that “obviously, those behind the shadowy and non-existent Mr. Mohammed Aliu Usman are the same people who have consistently spin the lie that AAM is either fronting for a multinational in the construction industry or is being sponsored to propagate interests inimical to public good.”
Omife insisted that “AAM is not being sponsored, influenced or teleguided by any individual or organization as insinuated by faceless groups apparently acting at the behest of a seemingly partial government agency nay regulator. We are neither in the payroll of any organization and do not pursue an agenda that will serve the interest of any vested group. Our goal is and remains the public good.’’
According to him, “AAM remains an anti-monopoly association of Nigerian citizens bonded together for the protection of our mutual social, economic and other existential interest in society from the invidious and destructive forces of monopoly, oligarchy and anti-democratic policies in corporate, industries and social life in Nigeria.’’
As members of a group with national interest as their mantra, the AAM used the opportunity of the conference to restate its commitment to its self-imposed duty of seeking the welfare of fellow Nigerian citizens in accordance with Section 24 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The association also re-stated its ‘’support to every well-meaning move by those in authority to entrench best practices in the construction industry as long as this move is transparent and not a ploy by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to surreptitiously hoist monopoly in the cement industry or indeed in any other sector of the Nigerian economy.’’
With a benefit of hindsight, the AAM boss revealed that the association would continue to resist all overt and covert attempts by perceived hired forces of industrial monopoly to colonise the economy of Nigeria and concentrate it in the hands of one or few individuals or group. He urged Nigerians ‘’to continue to shun monopoly and the lies of its purveyors, whether they operate as government organs or as private corporations.
He emphasized that “we shall continue to denounce the so called new cement standardization and pigmentation policy of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria as being illegal, anti-people and unreasonable and calculated to send Nigerians to avoidable economic servitude merely to placate the greedy inclination of economic colonists.’’
Obviously not enthused by the antics of those behind the recent publication, Omife told journalists that ‘’notwithstanding the deliberate misrepresentation of AAM by hirelings acting the script authored for them by vested interests who are hell bent on perpetuating unconscionable monopoly on our people, we remain unfazed by these dubious attempts to divert our attention from the real reasons and causes of building collapses and deceive us into chasing shadows while they despoil and take over the cement industry and operate it to our eventual harm.’’

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