The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, February 23, ordered the reopening of the Shasha market.
Governor Makinde gave the directive for the reopening of the market during a peace meeting held with the leaders of the Hausa and Yoruba communities of Shasha at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, on Tuesday.
The market had been shut off about two weeks ago after an ethnic conflict between the Yorubas and Hausas in the area that started with the death of a Yoruba cobbler.
However, after giving the order to reopen, Governor Makinde explained that his decision was taken in the best interests of the traders and for peace and harmony between the Yoruba and Hausa communities in Shasha.
The popular market, dominated by the Yoruba and Hausa traders, was shut down barely two weeks ago after the bloody clash that ensued following the death of a cobbler a day after an altercation between two traders.
While addressing the Hausa-Fulani, Makinde said, “Considering the economic situation and the peculiarities we have with us, we will immediately reopen the Shasha market. They will bring a bulldozer to the market today (Tuesday). When my brother governors visited Seriki Shasha palace, while we were working around, I realized that both the people I saw at Seriki’s place and those I met at Baale’s place were not happy because they have been deprived of doing their job.”
Speaking further, the governor said, “If you look at Oyo State, even when the COVID-19 was at its peak, I decided not to shut our market places because I know and also explained to the leadership of the country at the national level that in our state, we have people that the proceeds from what they get today will determine if they will eat tomorrow or not. Since peace has more or less returned to the market and the community, we have given the go-ahead that the market should be repealed. I have also given instructions for some palliative works to be done. I have instructed that solar light be installed in the market any time of the day or night, we will see what is going on in the market.”
Governor Makinde added, “The situation in our environment, economic activities are really very germane and basic. We have people out there, what they will make today, is what will determine whether they will eat tomorrow or not. And when you shut the place down, and people get hungry and again angry, then you precipitate another set of issues. So closing the market for an extended period of time, is actually not sustainable.”
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