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Fayose warns traders against loitering in demolished Oja Oba Market

Posted: Nov 10, 2015 at 7:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Yaqoub Popoola, Correspondent,Ado-Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has warned traders of the just demolished Oja Oba market in Ado-Ekiti against loitering saying anyone caught would pay N10million .

The governor urged them not to test the will of the government by going contrary to the directive assuring that the new market would soon be completed for use.

Meanwhile some traders have moved to makeshift areas provided within Ado-Ekiti .

When journalists visited the new locations at Awedele and Agric Olope markets, where the traders were relocated, some of them lamented that they were yet to be allocated spaces where they could pack their products and display their wares.

At Agric. Olope Market, built by the administration of Dr Kayode Fayemi’s government, the traders also complained about lack of spaces, security, good road networks, pleading with the government to attend

to all their needs to palliate their sufferings.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi, however, said the discomfort being encountered at the new locations by the resettled traders are normal, saying changes naturally has its own

inconvenience, urging the traders to bear with the government.

Ogunsuyi, who pleaded for understanding, said it is practically impossible for government to be putting all the facilities needed at the new markets, while also thinking of how to build the demolished

market to a modern structures, in view of the parlous economic status of the State.

The Commissioner added that the situation would not have degenerated to this level, if the traders had relocated to the new locations since June, 2015, upon the payment of N360 million compensations for the spaces they lost at Oja Oba.

The Iyaloja of Ado Ekiti, Chief Waye Osho, had while addressing journalists, pointed out that many of the traders could not get spaces at Awedele, urging government to expedite action and ensure that

structures that were yet to be roofed are completed in time.

“The traders are even pleading with the government to give them the permission to roof those structures that were yet to be roofed , because waiting for government might take a long time.

“We are ready to cooperate with government and we promise that we won’t do anything that would against what the government wants. Some of these traders even wanted to display their wares in the open, I had to beg them because that would obstruct the construction works going on the place.

“We looking for opportunity to meet with the governor, which we have not had to be able to talk on this issue of how to make our people comfortable here”, she said.

The Commissioner added that “government will do whatever it has within its powers to speed up the construction of the Oja Oba Market.

It is going to be to the glory of Ekiti people to have such a market prototype built in Ado Ekiti here.

“So many government had failed in the past to rebuild the market, but the present government has no option when a section of it was gutted down by fire recently and needed to be rebuilt, so what we are doing was caused by that circumstance.

“We are promising them that this period of inconvenience will soon be over. We will be meeting with the traders periodically to know their plights and ensure that all of them get spaces to be able to do their businesses.

“But we have to make it abundantly clear that this government will rather concentrate energy on how to speed up the building of that demolished Oja Oba market than to dissipate energy on providing new

facilities at the market where they were resettled”, he clarified.

The Commissioner told the traders not to mistake the new locations as alternatives to Oja Oba , saying they would all be allocated spaces in the demolished market as soon as it is completed.

The governor, Ayodele Fayose Saturday ordered the demolition of the market to give way for new structures being proposed by the State government