The Ondo State Commissioner for commerce and industry, Mr Timilehin Adelegbe has ordered the immediate demolition of all illegal structures attached to the Igbokoda International market within the next 7 days.
The commissioner explained that the move is to allow free flow of traffic to the market and ensure maximum use of the various stores and shops built by the government which have been neglected by the traders.
During an assessment tour of the market, Mr Adelegbe expressed his dissatisfaction towards the present condition of the market, describing it as an eyesore and embarrassment that needed urgent attention.
On his part, the caretaker Chairman of Ilaje Local Government Area, Mr. Aworetan Fayowole lauded the commissioner for the visit and promised to cooperate with the State Government in its efforts to restore the glory of the market to its international status. He expressed concern over activities of the traders who block access roads which can pose danger to their lives and properties.
" The standard of the market has become worrisome in recent times due to its mismanagement by the past government and other relevant stakeholders, stores are allocated indiscriminately for political interest. Many are times the traders are also exploited and extorted by miscreants for their own gains ", Aworetan said.
He added that the local government is fully in support of the decision of the State Government to manage the market for better results. Therefore, he advised the traders to cooperate with the government and support all policies aimed at transforming their lives.
However, there were mixed reactions among the traders on the decision of the government. Some of the traders who did not want their names in print pleaded with the government to give them a little time before embarking on the demolition mostly because of the Christmas season.