Market women protest against use of Aregbesola imposed scale in Osun

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[Osun]–Osun State market women has protested against the use of Scale instead of phenomenal module used in selling foodstuffs and commodities.

The Scale which is popularly known as Osuwon Omoluabi was launched by the Osun-State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola on 14th June, 2016 for accurate transaction of businesses in all markets across the State.

A crowd of the  market women stormed Ola-Iya Junction, Osogbo by 11:45AM Thursday armed with modules and shouting of resistance of the alleged state imposed scale thereby causing gridlock.

The market women proceeded to the State Secretariat at Abere in Osogbo to meet government officials and made their grievances known.

Tawa Olarewaju, one of the market women who addressed journalists in Yoruba language said “On Tuesday the government agency and the Iyalojas council responsible for the enforcement of the use of scale said we must buy scale to be used for all commodities we are selling which made us to record heavy loss and we don’t even know how to use this scale.

“They also threatened us that next time, they will be coming to the market to sanction us”

” He can provide us scales with inscription of his name on it but the scale is paralyzing market activities”

Another market women, Mrs Muibat Adeshina addressing journalists at the State secretary she lamented that the scale is been imposed on them by the government not putting some measures together in considering the usage.

She said ” We are here today today to express our grievances concerning the scale that is been ordered by Governor Aregbesola to be using in all Osun-State Market.

“We used to buy our commodities through the use of modules but when we want to sell them the government ordered us to use scale which caused great shortage for us.

“Through the usage of scale we cheat our customers which we are not happy with.

While the Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Femi Popoola was addressing journalists and the protesters he said “we went to their market last week to enlightened them on the usage of scale but we are surprise to see them here for a protest”.

“Change is difficult, by use of this scale both the buyer and the seller all gain with the use of scale but instead of them to appreciate it now it turns to protest.

“In all, we shall intensify our enlightenment and training program to the leaders especially the Head of Association of Market women on how the scale is been used,” he added.

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