By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Tuesday directed immediate reopening of Shasha Market in Ibadan two weeks after the market was shut down after a bloody clash between Hausa and Yoruba traders.
Addressing leaders of the Hausa and Yoruba warring communities at the state Government Oyo House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, Governor Makinde said the decision to reopen the market was necessitated by the declining economic situation and the peculiarities associated with the state,.
According to the governor, with the reopening of the market, traders at the market will be able to continue with their commercial activities in and across the market, saying, ” considering the economic situation and the peculiarities we have with us, I have heard what you said, and we will immediately reopen the Shasha market. They will bring bulldozer to the market today”.
“When my brother Governors visited Seriki Sasa palace, while we were working around, I realised that both the people I saw at Seriki’s place and those I met at Baale’s place were not happy because they have been deprived of doing their job”, he said
The governor added, “if you look at Oyo State, even when the COVID-19 was at its peak, I decided not to shut our market places because I know and also explained to the leadership of the country at the national level that in our state, we have people that the proceeds from what they get today will determine if they will eat tomorrow or not.”