By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde on Tuesday directed the immediate re-opening of the crisis-torn Shasha market, in Akinyele Local Government Area of the 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 Shasha Market, 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 that due to the normalcy that has returned to the area, the government will put in place palliatives, while also ensuring that adequate security measures are in place to ensure people go about their normal businesses without threats.
He stated that every effort must be put in place to forestall any outbreak of crisis.
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.