Traders at Ogunpa Market, Ibadan, Oyo State, have protested the alleged attempt by the Ibadan North-West Local Government Council to demolish shops in the market with the intention of contracting it out to a developer.
The traders numbering about 200 stormed the Government House, Agodi yesterday with various placards, appealing to the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to intervene in the matter.
Chairman of the Ogunpa Oyo Itesiwaju Youth Traders Association, Isaac Folorunsho said the demolition exercise is set to begin tomorrow. Folorunsho said the marketers will not be able to shoulder the financial implication of such a construction by the developer.
He therefore appealed to governor to help construct cheap and affordable stalls and shops as done for their counterparts in Bode and Scout Camps.
Governor Ajimobi thereafter promised to look into the alleged intention of the Ibadan North West Local Government Council to demolish structures at the popular Ogunpa market. The governor, while addressing the traders assured the people that the state government will do everything within its power to make life easier for them.
He however noted that the shops when completed will not be allocated for free.