By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
Traders in Itoku market in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital who benefited from some of the 1,050 stalls and shops allocated by Governor Ibikunle Amosun last week have alleged that some chiefs from the town are re-allocating the shops to their cronies.
The traders who mainly trade at the popular Kemta Adire/ Kampala section therefore cried out to Amosun to urgently intervene to save them from losing their shops.
Amosun while allocating the shops to the traders had urged beneficiaries to take immediate possession of their shops so as to commence business activities, insisting that the shops were not only meant for the rich but for everybody who could afford them.
But speaking to journalists at the market premises, the Iya Oloja (women market leader) of the market, Alhaja Saidat Akamo alleged that some traders who didn’t benefit from the alloication had connived with the local chiefs, popularly known as “Parakoyis” (chiefs in charge of markets) to re-allocate the shops.
The traders urged the Governor to quickly intervene to avoid crisis which may disrupt the peace of the market, insisting that they were satisfied with the method used in allocating the shops.
Akamo stressed that the local chiefs in their moves to deprive the allottees of their shops had torn the list containing the names of the allottees the government.
Her words: “We thank the Governor for fulfilling his promise, we are all happy and satisfied with the allocation of the shops but we want the Governor to please intervene and caution the Parakoyis who are collaborating with few people to re-allocate the shops. The government has allocated the shops with the list they pasted but the parakoyis have torn the list to re-allocate again, Governor should please come and look into it”.
“This market is a peaceful market, we live in unity, Itoku market is not like other markets, the Governor should please come to our aid, 98 percent of us are contented with the allocation of the shops”.
She explained that though the shops were not allocated serially according to the list, 98 percent of them were satisfied with it, adding that some were given shops in the upper floor and middle floor despite their appeals to be on the ground floor ” but we are still okay with them”.