WORLD NEWS: Ondo State, Nigeria
They were asked to stop displaying their wares on the major highways to avoid accidents and gridlock.
They were, however, not displaced until befitting modern markets had been built for them in Akure, Okitipupa and Ikare among others. The relocation of the hitherto street traders has suddenly made them the toast of both the rich and the poor, DAVID AKINADEWO reports.
In spite of the growing opposition against his administration, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has said performance and not other consideration would determine his re-election in the Sunshine state.
Speaking recently, when the newly built modern markets across the state were commissioned, the governor emphasised that his administration would continue to deliver the dividend of democracy to the people of Ondo State who voted for him in 2007.
LEADERSHIP observed that the construction of modern neighbourhood markets in the state is a sudden departure from the age-long practice where traders who would look depressed in tattered clothes having to sit all day inside a scorching sun and got themselves drenched whenever it rained, now have to put on nice attire and sit back comfortably in their neatly covered stalls or shops big enough to contain their wares, attending and extending necessary courtesies to customers, who now accord them their due respect.
A trader, popularly known as Mama Shade, who sells pepper, tomatoes, vegetables and other cooking ingredients in one of the markets built in the NEPA area of Akure, while narrating her experience in a chat with our correspondent, said she could never imagined that her life could enjoy such a wonderful turn-around within a short period.
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