- The Iyaloja-General of Nigeria, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, has reacted over the controversy that trailed the shutting down of the Oyingbo market
- Tinubu-Ojo explained that she shut down the market because of its deplorable state while denying collecting N5million
- According to her, the ministry of environment had initially closed the market earlier in the year for the same reason before it was reopened
Lagos - Following the controversy that surrounded the shutting down of the popular Oyingbo market in Lagos state, the Iyaloja-General (Market leader) of Nigeria, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, has finally reacted.
The Nation reports that Tinubu-Ojo said on Thursday, November 18, that the market was shut down due to its deplorable state.
Legit.ng gathered that she gave the explanation at a media briefing where she made clarifications on the reasons behind the closure of the market.
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It was reported that the busy market was shut down on Friday, November 12, leading to protests by some of the traders.
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Tinubu-Ojo said that contrary to insinuation that she sought payment of N5million over the issue, the market was shut down because of its environmental situation.
“The Mainland local government chairman, Omolola Essien, had earlier called me to close down Oyingbo market because it was extremely dirty.
“Also, the ministry of environment had initially done so much earlier in the year for the same reason before it was reopened. The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had also visited the market and thereafter, sent a letter to that effect. The traders were then given time to do the needful.”
The Iyaloja regretted that the market, which was constructed less than 10 years ago, “is now in a bad shape.”
Oyingbo traders protest as Tinubu's daughter shut market indefinitely
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that environmental sanitation in markets became a serious issue of health concern to the government, stakeholders and even traders.
It was reported that in the past, it is usually observed by traders weekly and if not obeyed, certain punishment would be meted out by security operatives in charge of the exercise.
Oyingbo traders on Wednesday, November 17, took to the street to express their grievances following the shutdown of the market by Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja General of Nigeria.
The traders are protesting vehemently against the daughter of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for locking them out for over a week now.
She was said to have shut down the market over a week ago, citing environmental nuisance as she locked out all traders.
Having waited for long to re-open the market, the traders, in their large number took to the road, demanding the re-opening of the market.