By Fatima Muraina
Determined to decongest the popular Shasha market along Akure-Owo highway and end incessant attacks on Yoruba traders, another market has been opened for perishable goods.
The market located at Igoba second gate along Akure/Ado Ekiti road is named Oduduwa perishable market.
Speaking on the development, the Chairman of the new market, Mr. Emmanuel Faith, alias ‘Igbagbo Lere’ said the market was established as a way of decongesting the popular “Shasha” Tomatoe market at Oba-Ile to curb the spread of corona virus pandemic.
He lamented the maltreatment Hausa traders meted out on the Yoruba traders who were not recognised for any leadership position at the market. “Even when the Yorubas were allowed to form a community within the market, they still imposed leaders on us,” he stated
According to him, the market, will improve business activities as well as increase the revenue generation of the state.
“A taxi driver came to specially appreciate us for establishing the market, saying he has been making more profits on a daily basis, adding that shop owners within the area now have their abandoned shops rented out”, he said.
Secretary of the new market, Mr Omolola Omolayo observed that the establishment of the market has made it competitive to others as people will benefit buying at cheaper rates than when operating in one place.
Omolayo said people are allowed to come and do business to get their daily bread and with their safety guaranteed at the new market than the Shasha Tomato market.
A Tomato dealer, Mrs Toyin Adedeji said they get their products directly from farmers across the country, which explains why they didn’t add extra charges.
Her words: “We will always have goods to sell because we move everywhere. During rainy season we buy from farmers within the western states, while during the dry season, we go to farmers at the northern side to get the goods.
“There will always be availability of goods and at a very cheaper rate because we deal with the farmers directly and some of them even bring the goods to our doorsteps”, she said.
Reacting to the development, the Caretaker Chairman of Akure North local government, Mr Adeleye Olurotimi said the market would be given approval by the state government as soon as the due process is followed and completed.
He confirmed that the location would be a good selling point which has been satisfactorily tested for over 10 days.
He observed the need to put other necessary things like water, toilet and erection of better habitable shades for the traders to make it more conducive and better place to do business.