The Union of Plaster of Paris Workers in Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to regulate the price of Plaster of Paris, POP, materials in the market.
In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja, the union members also appealed to the Federal Government to grant approval to license the organisation.
Plaster of Paris is a building material used for decorating, molding, casting and protective coating on walls and ceilings of homes and offices.
Mathew Abata, POP National Public Relations Officer, decried the increasing costs of materials which affected patronage and livelihood.
Mr Abata said that there was the need to create a platform to dialogue with the importers of POP materials to ensure price stability.
“We are POP workers, we are artisans under civil engineering; we decorate houses and industries of all kinds.
“We feel it’s necessary to put our voices together because when you go to civil engineering, our work is the number one richest work.
”But right now, we feel cheated because of many things; the POP sellers will just decide at any time to raise the price of material without consulting us the end users,” he said.
“We need a platform where we can dialogue with those importing these materials. So, before anything will be done; before any rise in price, they must let us know.
“We want the Federal Government to hear us, to know that we are citizens of this country.
“We want them to help us achieve this certificate, we want them to know that there is a job like this, that artisans are suffering,” Mr Abata said.
Tovi Boniface, National President of the union, urged all artisans in the country to register with the association to better their future.
“We are trained to put heads together so that we can make something which everyone will benefit from in the future,” he said.
Also, John Apolinaire, POP union chairman, FCT branch, advised members to collaborate as a team to achieve the aims and objectives of the association.
“As a group of POP workers, we are honorable members in the society, so we advise members to work with diligence, commitment and all seriousness.
“We need to come together with one voice to reason and think together to achieve one goal,” Mr Apolinaire said.
However, the union’s legal adviser, Babatunde Ojo, said that continuous effort should be made to ensure that legal steps are taken to register the organisation to gain adequate recognition.