Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has warned associations and groups in Ondo State to desist from forcing its membership on anyone.
The state government while meeting with leaders of trade unions and associations in the state said members must be allowed to join voluntarily.
The Special Adviser to Akeredolu, Mr. Dare Aragbaiye who disclosed the warning during a meeting with leaders of trade unions and associations in the state decried the arbitrary increase in the prices of goods and services in the state.
Aragbaiye, who hosted the meeting at his office, clarified that the government was only determined to address the hardship being experienced by the people of the state as a result of the persistent increase in prices of goods and services.
The Special Adviser maintained that the position of the government was that no union or association should fix prices for its members.
He added that individuals, artisans, traders, service providers and farmers must be allowed to operate, sell their produce and render any service in any part of the state as they may deem profitable.
He maintained that the transaction of goods and services is based on the principle of demand and supply and prevailing market forces.
“No association should invade anybody’s shop or business by the reason of not joining their association or group. Also, all traders should be allowed to sell their goods and services in the state at reasonable prices. Nobody should force anybody to increase the price of his or her goods and services again.”