I really do not think there are any class of people in this world who gets more cheated than Nigerians but as usual, we keep quiet, look for an alternative, try to struggle harder and totally forget about it. Little wonder it keeps getting worse by the day.
I can go on and on from the promise and fail politicians, unfriendly government policies even up to the daylight extortion which we all seem to have adjusted to even when they are most uncomfortable. It is only in Nigeria that a governor will fail woefully during his first term and someone will come out to tell the citizens of that state that ‘In school, when you fail you are asked to repeat that class so you can learn from your mistakes and improve’ with the people swallowing such an embarrassing illustration hook line and sinker.
I will like to specifically mention the issue of the City malls situated at Surulere and Ikeja respectively and the day light extortion which looks like they have gotten away with. The maiden mall which is situated at Palms in Lekki actually had its success as reason for investors buying the franchise and replicating it on Adeniran Ogunsanya in Surulere and now that of Ikeja which is otherwise known as Ikeja city mall.
If only the option of free parking lot which the Palms have until today was replicated at subsequent malls, then it will be all for the good of everyone but in this case, the investors have decided to replicate such facilities with the aim of extorting more from the same customers who are meant to be patronising them. Have they forgotten that the same people they will be charging for parking their cars are customers without whom they will automatically be out of business?
But as usual, since we don’t know our rights neither do we know how to stand for them when it matters, insults like these or even more are what will continually stare us in the face. I have never seen or heard about any shopping mall in the world where people pay to park their cars.
Ask people to boycott these malls for just one week so that a strong statement can be made to the stakeholders and you will be shocked as people will start giving you excuses as to why it is right for them to be extorted and taken advantage of. It marvels me how we behave like we didn’t survive before the advent of all these malls.
I know a protest was staged shortly after Ikeja shopping mall introduced the parking fee which led to an immediate suspension of the fee only for it to be silently re-introduced and as usual, the people have adjusted to this cheat move carrying out as if it is normal.
So will you blame those who have continually taken advantage of us as a people? If you ask me, they can’t really be blamed because what they are doing is just riding on the fact that the people are very resilient and are quick to adapt even to seemingly unfavourable conditions.
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