Crisis is about to break out in Ogun State as market women are demonstrating across the state capital, Abeokuta today over the proposed demolition of Itoku market by Abeokuta South Local Government.
The market women are calling on the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun to prevail on the Local Government transition chairman to halt the looming demolition.
The Market women have 48-hour ultimatum to quit their shops at the market according to the directive from Abeokuta South Local Government.
The marketers revealed that representatives of the Local Government first told the marketers to quit the Itoku market two weeks ago just weeks after the lockdown was lifted in Ogun.
The traders at Itoku market are calling on Ogun State Governor to direct the Local Government to stop the proposed demolition.
“Abeokuta South Local Government should give us the sample of the type of structure they want at the market and we will partner with a developer to build it.
The government should not takeover our only means of livelihood amidst the downturn in the economy caused by COVID-19 pandemic” says the market leader.
The leader of the protesting market women, One Ojuroungbe Ogunwemimo plead with the governor to come to their aid as majority of the traders depend on loans to run their businesses in the place.
Meanwhile, solicitor to the family of late Oba Oladapo Ademola, Alake of Egbaland has cautioned the marauders parading themselves as Local Government officials to desist from the forceful takeover or be ready to face litigation.