Makinde Reopens Sasa Market, Lifts Curfew
Oyo State Governor ‘Seyi Makinde has directed the immediate re-opening of the crisis-torn Sasa market, in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo state.
The governor, after a meeting with representatives of Yoruba and Hausa communities who are stakeholders in the market today said that he had agreed to reopen the market, having been assured of sustained peace.
The stakeholders were led by the Baale Sasa, Amusa Alabi, and Seriki Hausa of Sasa, Malam Haruna Mai Yasin, to the meeting which held at the Western Hall, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
Governor Makinde stated that the market was being reopened so that people could continue to make their ends meet.
He also declared that his government had lifted the curfew imposed on the area in the wake of the violence that erupted in the market recently.
According to him, 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 stated that every effort must be put in place to forestall any outbreak of crisis.
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.
“In our environment, economic activities are very germane and basic. We do not want our people to be hungry and angry so that we do not precipitate another issue.
“So, closing the market for an extended period of time is not sustainable but the fact that all the stakeholders within the community have come together themselves, is a good step in the right direction.”
Makinde also announced the closure of Iroko market, adding that its promoters were reportedly part of the traders who caused the recent clash at Sasha market.
He said: “The Iroko Market will remain shut. From what we heard, the promoters of that market were part of the people causing confusion and problem at Sasa Market. We will take a long-term view of the Iroko Market but in the meantime, it must remain shut.
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“I thank you because I know what it takes for you to be here. I have listened to you the leaders of Sasa.
“When my brother-governors visited Seriki Sasa’s palace, while we were working around, I realised 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.
“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.
“So, considering the economic situation and the peculiarities we have with us, I have heard what you said, and we will immediately reopen the Sasa Market.
“The Commissioner for Local Government is here. They will bring bulldozer to the market today or tomorrow morning. They will clear the place and whatever palliatives we can do will be done.
“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.”
On behalf of the traders, DIG in charge of South West, David Folawiyo, earlier clarified that peace has returned to the warring communities and urged the governor to reopen the market for traders to continue commercial activities.
The DIG equally appealed to the governor to help the traders clear the motor park and expand the frontage of the market for trailers conveying goods to market.
He said: “We have seen that there is now peace in Sasa. So, we want to urge the governor to expand the market so that trailers can enter there conveniently, even if the market will not be repaired and renovated for now.
“We want the governor to help us clear the motor park, expand the frontage of the market for trailers to park.
“What brought us here is to let you know that there is no division between the Yoruba and Hausa communities in Sasa. But the only division we have seen is only among the traders in the Sasa market.
“When the governor admitted that there would not be two markets there, all of us observed that it is a great inconvenience. And we also saw that after the closure of the market, four days after, everybody was already tired.
“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, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy matters, Chief Bayo Lawal, Commissioner for Investment, Trade and Industry, Hon.Adebisi Adebiyi, and Commissioner for Public works and Transport, Prof. Dahud Sangodoyin, the DIG David Folawiyo in charge of South West, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police – Ngozi Onadeko and many others
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The House of Representatives on Monday faulted the purported launch of Nigeria Air in the last days of the administration of former President, Muhammadu Buhari.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji, declared the launch of Nigeria Air a fraud after the major stakeholders in the deal between the Federal Government and Ethiopian Airlines denied knowledge of the launch.
The Ministry of Aviation claimed Nigeria Air was only unveiled and not launched, which the committee dismissed as an attempt to divert the lawmakers’ attention.
Members of the committee were shocked when NAMA disclosed that the aircraft bearing Nigerian colours was on a chartered flight to Nigeria.
Other stakeholders who confirmed the disclosure noted that a chartered flight could be painted in any colour and with any inscriptions.
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The Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) on Thursday denied devaluing the naira .
This clarification came from the
Acting Director, Corporate Communication, Dr. Isa AbdulMumin, in a statement titled, “CBN Has Not Devalued the Naira”.
He said: “The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been drawn to a news report… titled “CBN Devalues Naira To 630/31”.
“We wish to state categorically that this news report, which in the imagination of the newspaper is exclusive, is replete with outright FALSEHOODS and destabilizing innuendos, reflecting potentially willful ignorance of the said medium as to the workings of the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the exchange rate at the Investors’ & Exporters’ (I&E) window traded this moming (June 1, 2023) at N465/US$1 and has been stable around this rate for a while.”
The bank advised the public to ignore the news report in its entirety, saying it’s speculative and calculated at causing panic in the market.
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The development followed the announcement by President Bola Tinubu during his inaugural address on Monday that fuel subsidy was ‘gone’.
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The prices have now been adjusted upward from between N189 to N194 to N537 per litre in Abuja and other North-central States.
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