By Industrial Digest
” The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) call on the leadership of the ENDSARS protesters to progress to the next stage of civic engagement, which is the DIALOGUE phase of this struggle. “
Mrs. Toki Mabogunje, the president of the LCCI, who made the call to the protesters, also request President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently grant audience to the leadership of the #EndSars to deliberate on the way forward and to agree on an action plan for the delivery of agreed outcomes.
She said that the dialogue with the government is necessary to reduce the massive disruptions, blockades, and barricades around our major cities and interstate highways.
“Over the past twelve days, economic activities have been crippled in most parts of the country and has been particularly profound in the urban areas. The Nigerian economy has suffered an estimated Seven Hundred Billion Naira [₦700 billion ).
“These actions have been at great cost to the economy and the welfare of Nigerian citizens. It should be noted that our economy is still reeling from the shocks of the Covid 19 Pandemic and struggling to recover from its devastating effects, ” she said.
In her words, LCCI appreciates the value of citizens’ engagement and the demand for accountability which the EndSARS protest essentially represents.
“The protest against police brutality and cruelty aligns with democratic norms. They also form vital ingredients for good governance.
“The #EndSARS protest has been impactful and profound. It has demonstrated in unmistakable terms the power of the people and the potency of the energy of our youth to bring about change. The protest has achieved some significant outcomes given the reawakening that it has generated in reforming the shortcomings in our political governance and the fact that some of the demands of the protesters have been met, ” she said.