By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday assured members of the Day Old Chicks Merchant Association of Nigeria (DOCMAN) of an improved system and the backing of the government.
Obasanjo gave the assurance during his surprise visit to the Obasanjo Day Old Chicks Market, located at Oluyole Estate in Ibadan.
The former president, who arrived at the market at about 9.20am, was conducted round the congested market by Deacon Sunday Agusa, the General Manager of Obasanjo Farms, Ibadan.
There was massive turnout of traders at the market to welcome the former president amidst pomp and pageant.
Obasanjo said that his attention was drawn to the existence of the market by his staff member and the use of his name to grow the market to an international standard for day-old chicks in the country.
He said: “My attention was drawn to the situation here, and I decided to come and see things myself.
“Consciously and unconsciously, you have developed into a source of market, you buy, you sell, and you interact.
“And, this has made it very popular, far and near; though, it was not structured.
“So, what remains is that if we don’t want them to send us away from here, we have to structure ourselves in order to continue to benefit from the gains of trading our day-old chicks.
“What I am saying in essence is that I will endeavour to see the governor to provide for us an alternative place, if this area is not available for you to bringing your hatched chicks or you coming to buy our chicks here.
“We have to plan against any government coming to send us away and that is the structure that I am talking about.”
ADOCMAN Chairman, Mr. Olaiya Ogunmoyewa, appreciated the former president for the visit, saying that his presence had lessened their fears on the future of the market.
Ogunmoyewa said Obasanjo had allayed their fears and spoken their agitations, saying that they were pleased with what the former president told them.
“This is what was on our mind, and you have told us the move you will take to assist us.
“We want to thank you and that by God’s grace, we shall all be happy at the end of the day,” he said.