…Announces closure of Iroko Market
BY SEGUN ADEBAYO – Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday directed the immediate re-opening of the crisis-torn Sasa market, in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
The governor also announced the lifting of the curfew imposed on the area in the wake of the violence that erupted in the market recently.
Makinde, after a meeting with representatives of Yoruba and Hausa communities who are stakeholders in the market, said that he has agreed to reopen the market, having been assured of sustained peace.
The stakeholders were led to the meeting which held at the Western Hall, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan by the Baale Sasa, Amusa Alabi, and Seriki Hausa of Sasa, Malam Haruna Mai Yasin.
Makinde stated that the market is being reopened so that people can continue to make their ends meet, adding that due to the normalcy that has returned to the area, the government will put in place palliatives, while also ensuring that adequate security measures are in place to ensure people go about their normal businesses without threats.
He stated that every effort must be put in place to forestall any outbreak of crisis, saying; “Since peace has returned to the market and the community, we have given the go-ahead that the market be reopened. I have ordered that some palliatives be done. This is because we also want to see what is happening there at night. So, I instructed that solar light be done so that we will see what is going on there every day and night.
“In our environment, economic activities are very germane and basic. We do not want our people to be hungry and angry so that we do not precipitate another issue.
“So, closing the market for an extended period of time is not sustainable but the fact that all the stakeholders within the community have come together themselves, is a good step in the right direction.”
Makinde also announced the closure of Iroko market, stressing that its promoters were reportedly part of the traders who caused the recent clash at Sasha market.
According to him; “The Iroko Market will remain shut. From what we heard, the promoters of that market were part of the people causing confusion and problem at Sasa Market. We will take a long-term view of the Iroko Market but in the meantime, it must remain shut.
Speaking earlier on behalf of the traders, DIG in charge of South West, David Folawiyo, clarified that peace has returned to the warring communities and urged the governor to reopen the market for traders to continue commercial activities.
The DIG equally appealed to the governor to help the traders clear the garage and expand the frontage of the market for trailers conveying goods to market.
The meeting was attended by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Bayo Lawal, Commissioner for Investment, Trade and Industry, Hon. Adebisi Adebiyi and Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof. Dahud Sangodoyin, the DIG David Folawiyo in charge of South West, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police – Ngozi Onadeko among others.