Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde on Tuesday morning, ordered the immediate reopening of Shasha market in Akinyele Local Government Area in order for peace to return to the community, following the clash between the Yorubas and Hausas.
Makinde while speaking with the leaders of the Hausa and Yoruba communities at the House of Chiefs Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, on Tuesday, promised to move workers to the site of the market so that work can begin immediately.
The governor stated that due to the economic situation and the peculiarities associated with the state, he would reopen the market for the traders to continue with their commercial activities.
He said, “Considering the economic situation and the peculiarities we have with us, I have heard what you said, and we will immediately reopen the Sasa 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 net at Baale’s place were not happy because they have been deprived of doing their job.
“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.”
“Since peace more or less returned to the market and the community, we have given the go-ahead that the market should be repealed.”
“I have also given instructions for some palliative works to be done. I have instructed that solar light be installed in the market any time of the day or night, we will see what is going on in the market.”
“The situation in our environment, economic activities are really very germane and basic. We have people out there, what they will make today, is what will determine whether they will eat tomorrow or not. And when you shut the place down, and people get hungry and again angry, then you precipitate another set of issues. So closing the market for an extended period of time, is actually not sustainable.”