Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has directed the reopening of Shasha market in Ibadan barely two weeks after it was shut.
The reopening of the market followed a peace meeting he held with the leaders of the Hausa and Yoruba communities of Shasha at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, on Tuesday.
The market dominated by Yoruba and Hausa traders had been shut as a result of the recent ethnic clash which led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties.
Speaking at the meeting, Governor Makinde said the decision to reopen the market was informed by the need for survival for the traders in the light of the declining economic situation, adding that the reopening of the market became imperative due to the economic situation and the peculiarities associated with the state.
He said; “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peace has more or less returned to the market and the community, we have given the go-ahead that the market should be repealed.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.
“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.”
Also at the meeting were the Deputy Inspector- General of Police, (in charge of South-West), DIG David Folawiyo, Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko, the Baale of Shasha, Akinade-Ajani and the Seriki of Shasha, Haruna Maiyasin.
The DIG in his remark noted that the police would continue to maintain surveillance and presence in the market while ensuring that peace and tranquillity would prevail.