Scores of merchants on the standard Sabo Market in Sagamu, Sagamu Native Authorities of Ogun State on Thursday took to the road to protest the paltry variety of outlets constructed by the state authorities to switch the three,000 models of retailers razed by hearth in January, 2020.
On the protest, the market ladies mentioned Governor Dapo Abiodun had promised to reconstruct the razed outlets, however they expressed shock when it was found that the federal government solely constructed 188 outlets rather than the three,000 misplaced to the fireplace.
In a peaceable demonstration, the ladies had thronged the palace of the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, to register their displeasure.
It might be recalled that the January 2020 hearth incident consumed properties value tens of millions of Naira, as residents suspected it may have been triggered by an influence surge.
After the incident, Gov Abiodun visited the scene for on-the-spot evaluation, with a promise to look into the design of the market and in addition to reconstruct identical.
However, the merchants who stormed the streets of Sagamu, mentioned they had been dissatisfied in what the federal government supplied rather than the numerous outlets burnt; they sang solidarity songs, inflicting site visitors gridlock for hours on the favored Akarigbo avenue.
They had been armed with placards with numerous inscriptions comparable to ; “Save Our Souls”, “Our members are dying”, “Save us from this harsh climate”, “Mr Governor, in January you promised to rebuild our Market in 3 months. It’s now October” amongst others.
The merchants, who’re largely ladies mentioned over 3,000 open shops and lock up outlets had been destroyed by the fireplace, questioning how they’d handle the few 188 constructed by the Abiodun authorities.
Talking on behalf of the protesters, the Secretary of Sabo Market, Abdulrahaman Ojuolape, mentioned the merchants weren’t glad with the reconstruction, saying “we’re in dilemma on easy methods to allocate 188 outlets to over 3,000 beneficiaries.”
Ojuolape threatened that the merchants would vote towards the second time period ambition of the Gov Abiodun if nothing was performed to yield to their calls for.
He added,”By this time subsequent 12 months, they are going to begin campaigns. We would like him to come back and do that for us as early as attainable as a result of he would vie for his second time period.
“We’re the electorates, we put him in that workplace, it isn’t by their energy. If he fails to do that for us, we are going to change our minds.”
One other dealer, Kemi Ogunowo, said that there was a necessity for the federal government to make sure all outlets razed by hearth and as nicely demolished had been reconstructed to offer all merchants a way of belonging.
Ogunowo lamented that the 188 outlets reconstructed out of three,000 had been “grossly insufficient.”
She mentioned, “The federal government has solely reconstructed 188 outlets, whereas we misplaced greater than 3,000 outlets to the inferno.
“If they need to allocate the 188 outlets, a lot of merchants could be shortchanged and that would result in disaster. We’re begging the governor to assist rebuild the remaining outlets earlier than it’s too late.”
LG Chairman reacts
In his response, Sagamu Native Authorities Chairman, Afolabi Odulate, mentioned kinds might be out on Monday for the allocation of the outlets and stalls.
Odulate assured that the reconstructed stalls and outlets might be allotted to solely merchants on the market.
He, nonetheless, revealed that plans are underway by the Native Authorities to proceed the reconstruction of the market in order to accommodate extra merchants.
“There’s a course of to every thing and I’ve been making an attempt to elucidate issues to them. Nobody goes to take the outlets away from them, they belong to them. As soon as, they paid for it, it belongs to them; we’re not giving them out to individuals who don’t have outlets available in the market.
“We all know it isn’t sufficient, I personally took it upon myself to go to Abeokuta to talk with the commissioner that the State ought to launch it to Native Authorities to do the completion of the remaining and he agreed. We’re packaging our proposal, which I’ll take to Abeokuta on Monday, they need to please be calm,” the council Chairman defined.
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