By: Oluwatosin Iyun
The Oyo State government has released 50 open stalls in the Scout Camp Neighbourhood market, Ibadan, to the “Oja-Agbe” Farmers Association for the 12 months.
The stalls which are free for the period are aimed at creating an avenue for farmers to easily sell their farm produce.
This was disclosed by the State’s Commissioner for Trade, Industry, Investment and Cooperatives, Mr Adeniyi Adebisi.
According to him, the gesture will help improve the economic wellbeing of traders and also improve the State’s economy.
To this end, he urged farmers to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring a transformation of trading and economic activities in the Scout Camp.
“With all these facilities in place, we can see that traders that have been displaying and selling their wares by the roadside have no reason to do so anymore, we urge them to quickly make use of this opportunity of getting spaces here and trade with human dignity.
“The present administration will leave no stone unturned to make sure that food security is made a priority and our people who consume will get the products fresh and affordable, while farmers and traders in farm produce would maximize the concept of ‘Oja-Agbe’ to improve their socio-economic power,” Adebisi said.
He assured of security and uplift in facilities in the complex to include reconnection of electricity to the market, purchase of standby generator, repair of blown-off roofs and the two existing boreholes in the market and creation of Amotekun office in the complex.