Oyo Government Shuts Temidire Plank Market

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Oyo Government Shuts Temidire Plank Market

Oyo State Government has shut Temidire Plank Market in Ibadan with immediate effect.

Commissioner of Environment and Water Resources, Mr Isaac Ishola made the pronouncement at the market location along Old-Ife road.

Some of the traders at the market protested over the directive.

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The traders, on sighting the presence of police officers at the market, made several attempts to resist the plan of government to shut the market.

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Two of the traders, in separate interviews, insisted that the plank market had been leased out to them by the then military administration for over ninety years, and as such, they would not vacate the market.

Also, financial secretary of the market, Mr Matthew Ojeyinka argued that previous attempt by the present administration to relocate them had hit the rock following a court judgement in their favour.

Reacting, Commissioner for Environment and Water resources, Mr Isaac Ishola said the state government had received several complains from residents around the plank market of health hazards constituted by the operations at the market.

Mr Ishola also noted that the market location was prone to flooding, stressing that the issue had gone beyond ownership tussle and based on environmental sanity.

He emphasized that government would continue to take the interest of the general public above the interest of any organisation or group.

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It would be recalled that the State government had in 2012, ordered the relocation of the plank market to a new site along Ibadan-Ife expressway in Egbeda Local Government, which majority of the traders refused to comply with.

Kayode Banjo

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