In line with its efforts at ensuring cleanliness in Osun State, the state government has ordered all roadside market traders and kiosk owners in Osogbo, the state capital, to vacate the streets within 14 days.
To cater for the relocation of the street traders, the authorities of Osogbo and Olorunda Local Government Council areas, both in the state capital, have said that within the ultimatum given by the state, they would ensure that they complete arrangements for the relocation of the marketers to suitable places.
Addressing journalists during the Saturdays’ weekly environmental sanitation exercise, the Chairman, Osun Clean (O-Clean) Committee, Mr Bola Ilori stated that the directive was not aimed at punishing anyone, but to ensure that they have safer and worthy environments befitting of a state capital to do their businesses.
He said that part of the O-Clean programme was to ensure beautification of the state, saying that the beautification exercise was about to be started, a situation, which he claimed, forced the state government to ensure that the roadside traders and containers were relocated.
Ilori added that the affected council chairmen of Olorunda and Osogbo have been directed to ensure that they perfect arrangements to see that shanties are remove from the roadsides and make preparation for the relocation of the traders, with a view to ensuring that all was well with them.
The O-Clean chairman added: “You can be sure that the government is concerned about the people residing in the state and the government was not ready to punish the people, but to see that they were relocated to safer and worthy environments that were befitting of a state capital to do their businesses. Within the next fourteen days, the affected local governments would have to complete the arrangements on where they would be relocated to”.
The Chairman, Osogbo Local Government, Honourable Isiaka Faramade, who spoke for the two councils, said that they had identified suitable locations, where the traders would be relocated peacefully in conjunction with the traders.
Faramade who was flanked by his Olorunda counterpart, Honourable Okunade Akeem added that the traders would be relocated to much safer locations, not far from where they are now, so that there would not be much displacement to their income and see that they conduct their trading without any threat to their goods and lives.
The council boss identified Sasa and Jameegbo markets, as some of the markets being targeted for the relocation exercise, saying that the location would be given facelifts, just as the councils would work out transition programmes that would make the relocation easier and more beneficial to the traders without using force on them.
He added that efforts were still on the way to create bigger community markets where the traders who currently display their wares by the roadsides would be relocated to.
The Iyaloja of Osun State, Alhaja Awawu Asindemade said that the market women were totally in support of the relocation, as it would make trading safer and more beneficial to the traders.
Commending the state government on its O-Clean programme at ensuring the cleanliness of the state, Alhaja Asindemade said that once the relocation were perfectly done by the government, the traders would enjoy it, just as she enjoined the market women in all the cities across the state to obey the directive and vacate roadsides for their trading.