Economy

Ogunpa Market: Oyo Government Moves to End Street Trading

Oyo state government has restated its resolve to ban street trading in major markets, especially Ogunpa market in Ibadan where many lives have been lost to vehicular accidents as traders displayed their wares by the roadsides. 

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mrs. Funmilayo Orisadeyi made this known while speaking with newsmen after a tour and inspection of the Ajumose International Market, Ogunpa in Ibadan North West Local Government Area.

Mrs. Orisadeyi lamented improper display of wares by traders on the road at Ogunpa market in an effort to make sales without prioritising their safety and the free flow of vehicles within the market.

The Commissioner however appealed to the street traders at Ogunpa to make use of the shops as law enforcement agents would be dispatched to enforce compliance with the order to vacate the roads.

“The enforcement is to ensure the safety and security of our people and make life easier for them with this market that has the state-of-the-art facilities like other modern markets.

 “We therefore appeal to all traders, not only in Ogunpa market but all across Oyo State to vacate the road sides and put up their wares in a more conducive business area and shops designated and provided by government.”

Some of the facilities available in the market include Clinic, standby generator, restrooms, warehouse, fire station, police post, parking lots, to mention but a few.

The market is set up in four phases with a total of 544 stores and 314 open stores, and only about half of the stores have been occupied.

Iyabo Adebisi

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