.SAYS DISPLAYING WARES ON HIGHWAY RISKY
The Ekiti State government has commenced an assessment of abandoned market facilities in Ado Ekiti where it plans to accommodate traders
to be taken off the major highways.
It also issued a two-week ultimatum to owners of abandoned shops in some markets in Ado Ekiti to return there or forfeit them to new owners.
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, said displaying of wares on
major roads was risky to the lives of traders hence the need to make
use of alternative markets that are underutilized in the state
Egbeyemi said the lives and property of traders, their customers and
other residents are paramount to the administration of Governor Kayode
Fayemi hence the need to transact business in safer and more conducive
The Deputy Governor disclosed this when he led an assessment team that included officials of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to Awedele Market in Ado Ekiti.
Other markets visited by the team included Okesa, Adere and Agric
Olope Markets expected to absorb the traders to be relocated to assess
Egbeyemi assured that government intends to build more shops in the
Awedele Market while other designated markets in Ado Ekiti would be
made conducive for business activities.
He added that the perimeter fencing of the Awedele Market would be
constructed to enhance the security of the area and prevent miscreants
from gaining access to the premises at night.
Areas where traders transact business on major roads in Ado Ekiti include Okeyinmi, First Baptist, Old Garage, Post Office Road, Stadium Road in Okesa, among others.
Reacting to an observation of the Iyalaje Alaso in Ado Ekiti and
leader of Awedele Market, Mrs. Adefunke Ogunrinde, that some shops
were left closed by the owners, Egbeyemi gave two weeks ultimatum to
those shop owners to get the shops open or forfeit them to new owners.
Mrs. Ogunrinde explained that work stopped on the uncompleted shops
when the previous administration mandated them to pay certain amount
of money per 8 (eight) square meters, before they can be allowed to
finish the shops.
Egbeyemi said: “The government of Fayemi is different from the previous administration, our government gives listening ears to people, we listen to people’s plight and we will tell you what we can do.
“We will not deceive you, what we will not do, we will not tell you,
after the expiration of our tenure we are still coming back to you.
“This place will be fenced round to prevent men of the underworld from
gaining access; all the illegal routes to the market would be blocked
to prevent miscreants from gaining access to the place.
“There is already an announcement on the radio now, asking traders to
move to Agric Olope, all other traders plying their wares and goods on the road both in Oja Bisi and Okesha market will be relocated here. We don’t want anyone to sell on goods on the road again.
“We have so many shops that were locked up, for a very long time by the grace of God it would be open. Send this message to those who own those locked up shops that the government wants everyone to come back to their shops.
“If they don’t come and open up, we will make public announcement that the government is giving them an ultimatum of one week, if we didn’t see them after two weeks we will relocate the shops to others. We don’t want anyone to be plying goods on our highways and roads.
“That you were asked to pay certain amount per 8 square meters by the
previous administration is not in our plan, when we build the shops,
we will negotiate on the amount you will be paying to the government.
The shops were built to make lives comfortable to the people and not
“Conduct yourselves when others come, the selling of goods in the market would be in groups; those selling same goods would be put in a place.”