Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday directed the immediate re-opening of the crisis-torn Sasa market, in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo state.
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 said: “Since peace has returned to the market and the community, we have given the go-ahead that the market be reopened. I have ordered that some palliatives be done. This is because we also want to see what is happening there at night. So, I instructed that solar light be done so that we will see what is going on there every day and night.
“But I want to appeal to you largely to continue to have a good relationship with the Baale and Seriki of Sasa just the way it has been.
“Please, go back to it and wherever you need our support, we will ensure we give it to you. And if there are challenges, we are all here to fix them for you. Return to the market and Sasa community.
“So, once again, I am coming back to Sasa Market when the commercial activities must have begun fully. “The solar street-light installed at Ojoo will also be installed at the market so that you can trade both day and night and the community also will be well illuminated.”
“From every corner of the market, they have been asking why we have not begged the governor to open the market. They even said if the market is not opened, their trailers should be allowed to convey goods to the market like before. And that is why we are here today so that we can present this case to the governor by ourselves.”
The meeting had in attendance: the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Bayo Lawal; the state Commissioner for Investment, Trade and Industry, Hon.Adebisi Adebiyi; and the state Commissioner for Public works and Transport, Prof. Dahud Sangodoyin; the Deputy Inspector General in charge of South West, David Folawiyo; the Oyo State Commissioner of Police – Ngozi Onadeko and many others.