The Ogun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has noted a disturbing ultimatum issued by the Dapo Abiodun-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government against helpless traders plying their wares in the streets.
In a fresh clamdown of draconian cocktails of anti-people measures by the Abiodun government, as widely reported in the news, the petty traders, who have been forced to the streets, are being threatened to quit within three days!
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝘿𝙋 𝙞𝙣 𝙊𝙜𝙪𝙣 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙜𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩’𝙨 𝙛𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙜𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙜𝙡𝙤𝙗𝙖𝙡 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙥𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚𝙨. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙤𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙘 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙣𝙨 𝙗𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙗𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙘 𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙧 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙛𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙙.
It is on strength of this position that the 𝙋𝘿𝙋 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙣, 𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙨, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 3-𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙢 𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙪𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙣 𝙎𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙙𝙖𝙮 12𝙩𝙝 𝘼𝙪𝙜𝙪𝙨𝙩 2023 by the sinking APC government through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, one Mr Razak Ojetola that innocent traders who ply legitimate trade should vacate the roads and walkway because they constitute an environmental nuisance.
While we do not, in all honesty, make case for or justify street trading in any guise or disguise, but as a responsible political organisation, 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨.
It would be recalled that since the inception of this embarrassment masquerading as government, we have repeatedly called the attention of all relevant stakeholders and other men of good conscience to the deplorable state of facilities in all major markets across Ogun State. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙭𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙡𝙚𝙛𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙮 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙖𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙮 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙈𝙧 𝘿𝙖𝙥𝙤 𝘼𝙗𝙞𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙣.
Perhaps, the government has forgotten that, since its inception, it has been consciously sleeping on its duties, despite our several warnings and advice that the government should maintain market infrastructure and build more low-cost structures in our markets but Dapo Abiodun-led government prefers to collect daily levies, tax and silly dues which can not be accounted for from the same traders he’s laying off.
Currently, the roof of the Oba Lipede Shopping Complex at the popular Kuto market has been blown off for more than 2 months now. The lead road that enters the popular Oba T. T. Dada market in Ota, just as others in Sagamu and other places has become impassable, while trading around the Kayero market in Sango is a complete nightmare.
From all available facts and details, 𝙞𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙞𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙫𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜; also, it has run out of acumen and required charisma to steer the ship of the State.
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Instead of threatening innocent traders with a leave order, the government should have heeded the voice of wisdom by providing alternative arrangements for the traders before now. That is the only way the desired aesthetic environmental beauty and orderliness can be achieved.
If Mr Abiodun and his gang of incompetent men are not dwelling in infantile arrogance and pride, the fumbling APC government is expected, before issuing any ultimatum, to understudy the archival records of the state and find out how the PDP government relocated residents, after their buildings were affected during the expansion of Abeokuta-Kobape-Siun- Sagamu Interchange from two lanes to four-way express lanes.
The then PDP government provided alternatives; brand new homes were built, electrified and allocated to affected families before the (marked) original houses were demolished to give way to the new expressway.
The journey of that administration has turned out to be a huge industrial assets in Ogun State today.
It is however heartbreaking that since the ultimatum was issued yesterday, the talking point in many homes and offices; both public and private across the State is the flight of emotionally intelligent, responsive and compassionate government from the State.
The PDP, therefore, urges Mr Abiodun and his officials to desist from punishing helpless traders because they formed part of the army of electorates who rejected him and his sinking APC during the last governorship election.
Instead, the government must ease the traders’ existential pains and suffocation under the weight of the unpardonable insensitivity of the passing regime.
Like all responsible governments all over the world, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘿𝙖𝙥𝙤 𝘼𝙗𝙞𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙣-𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝘼𝙋𝘾 𝙜𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙖𝙣 𝙚𝙣𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙚𝙣𝙫𝙞𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙣𝙨; within all sectors and all levels of income, to thrive in their legitimate business interests.
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