[Ibadan]–The Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has said that his administration will no longer tolerate trading on the streets of Ibadan, after providing a neighbourhood market as an alternative.
This declaration was made on Thursday during the Governor’s visit to the Scout Camp Neighbourhood Market in the Molete area of Ibadan.
Ajimobi urged those hawking their goods by the roadside in the city to relocate to the market, which the government had provided, or face the wrath of the law.
Recall that a 4,000-capacity neighbourhood market with modern facilities was built and inaugurated in 2013 by the Ajimobi-administration as an alternative to street hawking and trading.
At the inauguration, the governor directed street traders to move to the market and gave out a N20-million revolving loan to the traders.
However, media reports has shown that the market is still unoccupied despite the free allocation of stalls.
Ajimobi, though displeased but bent on making it work, further said that there would be re-allocation of stalls to traders, just as he assured the current traders in the market of their sustained ownership of the stalls.
“We are re-allocating the stalls to traders but we will ensure that those of you present here retain their stalls. I assure you that those recalcitrant traders will hear from us this month.
“We have provided you with a market that has every facility that could be found in a modern market anywhere in the world,’’ he said.
Ajimobi urged the traders to meet and decide on a specific levy that would be paid for the maintenance the market and its facilities.
Responding, Mr Kehinde Tewogbade, the Chairman of the market traders’ association in the market, thanked the governor for providing the market and giving it out to the traders free of charge.
He also commended the governor for giving out a N20 million loan to their members.
Tewogbade recalled that the government allocated the stalls and provided the loan within six months of the market’s completion.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg