Gov Makinde explains reasons for reopening Shasha market

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has explained the rationale behind his decision to re-open the shut Shasha market in Ibadan, the state capital.

Muhabarishaji recalls that the market was shut down penultimate Saturday as a result of the crisis that enveloped it.

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Our correspondent learned that the crisis started in the market as a result of the death of a cobbler, Mr. Sakirudeen Adeola.

Makinde in a bid to forestall further breakdown of law and order ordered the closure of the market a day after fights broke out between Hausas and Yorubas.

Makinde, however, on Tuesday ordered the reopening of the market.

Makinde while speaking after a meeting with representatives of Yoruba and Hausa communities in the market, said he agreed to reopen the market, having been assured of sustained peace.

He insisted that the market is being reopened so that people can continue to make their ends meet.

Makinde while speaking at the meeting held in Ibadan, declared that his government has lifted the curfew imposed on the market and other communities around the market.

“Since peace has returned to the market and the community, we have given the go-ahead that the market is 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.”

Gov Makinde explains reasons for reopening Shasha market

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