The Oyo State government yesterday warned traders at the Temidire Market to shed their recalcitrant posture and relocate to the new site provided for them immediately, instead of engaging in “misdirected, fruitless and stage-managed” protests.

The governor’s special adviser on communication and strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, while reacting to the protests that have trailed the relocation order, on Saturday, said, “this project is only one among many of the ongoing state-wide market redevelopment activities, and cannot therefore be sabotaged by any private interests purporting to represent some stakeholders.”

“What we seek to do in Temidire Plank Market is to redesign and modernise it with infrastructural facilities for the benefit of all stakeholders, including the neighboring communities who have endlessly complained against the environmental hazard that they’ve had to live with for a very long time.

“This is quite apart from the very important need to forestall the large scale fire incidences usually associated with plank markets located within built-up environments,” he explained.

The government said it was not unaware of the manipulation of some vested interests bent on seizing the opportunity to foment trouble and frustrate its urban renewal and market development efforts.

For the avoidance of doubts, Layinka insisted that the Temidire Market development project was a task that must be accomplished; no matter the machinations of those he called “misdirected few.”



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