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Fayose Warns Traders Against Loitering In Demolished Oja Oba Market

Posted: Nov 10, 2015 at 10:59 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yaqoub Popoola
Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has warned traders at 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, the traders also complained about lack of spaces,
security, good road networks, pleading with the government to attend
to all their needs to alliviate their sufferings.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi, however, said that 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 economic status
of the State.
The Commissioner added that the situation would not have degenerated to that 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 be 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 in the place.
“We are 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
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
“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.”
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.
Fayose had on Saturday ordered the demolition of the
market to give way for new structures being proposed by the state