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Displaced traders protest in Ibadan

12 June 2013, 13:09

Ibadan - Hundreds of displaced traders at the Old Scout Camp Market in Molete, Ibadan, on Tuesday staged a protest over  alleged inequitable allocation of  new shops.

The News Agency of  Nigeria (NAN) reports that the traders,  under the aegies of the  Amazon Women Organisation,   marched from the market to the nearby Splash FM Radio  to register their displeasure.

The peaceful  protest, which attracted scores of residents, hindered human and vehicular movement on the busy Molete road.

Speaking to NAN on the development, the spokesperson of the group, Bukola Adegoke, said the protesters learnt that a new list of traders was being compiled for shop allocation at their expense.

‘‘We gathered that the Ministry of Environment and Habitat has hijacked the exercise from the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Industry  which is supposed to handle it,’’ she said.

Adegoke claimed that the protesters  were being  short-changed in the allocation of  shops on the ground that many of them were petty traders.

She also accused some members of  the Oyo State Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES-O) of being involved in the alleged illegal allocation of shops.

But Cosmos Oni, the Information Officer in the  Oyo State Ministry of Environment and Habitat,  told NAN that his ministry had nothing to do with  shop allocation.

‘‘Allocation of shops at the Old Camp Market is the duty of the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Industry,’’ he said.

The state  government last year issued a quit notice to traders at Molete, Ogunpa, and Challenge areas of Ibadan under its Urban Renewal Programme.

The displaced traders regrouped at the Old Scout Camp before they were again  dislodged, with many of them trading on the highways.

 - NAN

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