Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, Tuesday, directed the immediate re-opening of the crisis-torn Sasha market, in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo state.
The governor, after a meeting with representatives of Yoruba and Hausa communities who are stakeholders in the market, said that he has agreed to reopen the market, having been assured of sustained peace.
The stakeholders were led by the Baale Sasha, Amusa Alabi, and Seriki Hausa of Sasa, Malam Haruna Mai Yasin, to the meeting which held at the Western Hall, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
Governor Makinde stated that the market is being reopened so that people can continue to make their ends meet.
He also declared that his government has lifted the curfew imposed on the area in the wake of the violence that erupted in the market recently.
He said “Since peace has returned to the market and the community, we have given the go-ahead that the market be reopened. I have ordered that some palliatives be done. This is because we also want to see what is happening there at night. So, I instructed that solar light be done so that we will see what is going on there every day and night.
“In our environment, economic activities are very germane and basic. We do not want our people to be hungry and angry so that we do not precipitate another issue.
“So, closing the market for an extended period of time is not sustainable but the fact that all the stakeholders within the community have come together themselves, is a good step in the right direction.”
Makinde also announced the closure of Iroko market adding “The Iroko Market will remain shut. From what we heard, the promoters of that market were part of the people causing confusion and problem at Sasa Market. We will take a long-term view of the Iroko Market but in the meantime, it must remain shut.
“The Commissioner for Local Government is here. They will bring bulldozer to the market today or tomorrow morning. They will clear the place and whatever palliatives we can do will be done.
“But I want to appeal to you largely to continue to have a good relationship with the Baale and Seriki of Sasa just the way it has been.
“Please, go back to it and wherever you need our support, we will ensure we give it to you. And if there are challenges, we are all here to fix them for you. Return to the market and Sasa community.
Speaking earlier on behalf of the traders, DIG in charge of South West, David Folawiyo, clarified that peace has returned to the warring communities and urged the governor to reopen the market for traders to continue commercial activities.
The DIG equally appealed to the governor to help the traders clear the garage and expand the frontage of the market for trailers conveying goods to market.
The meeting had in attendance, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy matters, Chief Bayo Lawal, Commissioner for Investment, Trade and Industry, Hon.Adebisi Adebiyi, and Commissioner for Public works and Transport, Prof. Dahud Sangodoyin, the DIG David Folawiyo in charge of South West, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police – Ngozi Onadeko and many others.