The State of Osun House of Assembly has directed the State Ministry of Commerce, Cooperatives, Industries and Empowerment to relocate traders at the Oroki Market, popularly referred to as Alekuwodo Market to the new space provided for them at Awosuru Area of the state capital by Friday, December 15 (today).
Chairman, House Committee on Commerce, Cooperatives, Industries and Empowerment, Hon. Babatunde Olatunji gave the directive on Thursday at an interactive meeting with concerned stakeholders at the State House of Assembly Complex Osogbo, State of Osun.
He said the state government has provided all necessary facilities for the traders at the new market site, considering the fact that the present location is very dangerous to their lives and property.
The Commissioner in the Ministry, Mr. Ismaila Alagbada had told the lawmakers that the government had served the traders with quit notice of 21 days since July, which has since expired but the traders refused to comply.
He added that the issue of relocation has started since 2013, adding that, government has been very patient enough with the tradersâ€™ reluctance to relocate.
However, in their separate contributions, the representatives of the traders, Mr. Ojolowo and Mrs. Erinjogunola Bola agreed that the government had earlier served them with notice and they had appealed that the relocation order be reversed on several occasions.
The duo further appealed to Government at the meeting to extend the order till after yuletide season.
â€œWe want government to have little patience till next year because the new market is not yet filled up as it has scanty occupiersâ€, they pleaded.
However, Hon. Olatunji made it known that the purpose of the interactive meeting was to see to the welfare of the traders in the state and also instructed that the affected traders should be given consideration in the empowerment programmes of the State Government.
According to him, â€œWe have all resolved that from December 15, 2017, Awosuru market will come alive with commercial activities. â€œWe also agreed that those on the road side will relocate to the new market at Awosuruâ€, he added.
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