Traders at the popular Alesinloye market in Ibadan South West Local Government of Oyo State have made known their anger with the council’s decision to evict shop owners in the market, in order to pave the way for a proposed Ajimobi Shopping complex.
The local government, in a letter titled: “Notice to Quit”, dated November 18, 2016, and signed by Ayelagbe O.A. on behalf of the caretaker chairman, directed shop owners within Alesinloye market clinic to vacate in seven days.
The efforts that have been made so far by market executives and traders to stop the eviction have failed to yield the required result.
A market leader said that a meeting with the caretaker Chairman, Rauf Folarin, by the affected shop owners did not resolve the matter.
An affected trader, Saka Salami, who was also at the meeting, said the council was bent on demolishing the shops.
Salami said: “The chairman gave us seven days’ ultimatum. We told him that we are not illegal occupants. All our appeals fell on deaf ears. Instead, the chairman said when the Ajimobi shopping complex is completed, a shop shall be allocated to two people.
Another trader, who gave her name as Mama Ayo, said: “We were given permanent allocation by the council and we also pay tenement rate annually. It is wrong (of the council) to revoke our permit. We were not given any prior notice. Why would the council that legalised our stay turn round against us?”
The council’s Information Officer, Segun Adeyemo, said the Director of Estate and Valuation, Ibadan South West, Gabriel Oyeniyi, told him that “the notice was served on the traders adjacent to the fence of the zonal revenue office, which shares the same premises with the market clinic”.