By: Ade Adetona
Following alleged influx of strange traders at Alade market in Idanre council area amidst COVID-19, the traditional ruler of the town, Aladeokun of Alade, Oba Olusegun Akinbola has dismissed the report as untrue.
Speaking with our correspondent, the monarch explained that Alade market only holds every five days contrary to the report of daily trading at the market.
Also in a Press Statement signed by the Aladeokun of Alade, Oba Olusegun Akinbola and the Lisa of Alade, High Chief M.O. Akinsowon, the community advised against closure of the town’s only food market.
Oba Akinbola noted that only food items were being sold at the market while social distancing was enforced by the idanre local government authorities, security agencies and Iyaloja of Alade market, Chief (Mrs) Iwalola Oladehin as well as the palace taskforce.
The Aladeokun maintained that people from outside the area were not allowed into the market, assuring that Alade people are law abiding and will cooperate with the state government in the fight against deadly coronavirus pandemic.
“The programme on Alade market on “96.5fm” ALALAYE this morning on Sunday May 3 before 8am was reported to us, ALADEOKUN-lN-COUNCIL.
“Alade market is a five-day market, not daily market. It was insanuated that the market was full of strangers from outside of the state, this is untrue!
“Alade market on Monday 27th April and the last market on Friday Ist May were supervised by the D.P.O Idanre Local Govemment by permission of the Commissioner of Police, who I personally contacted.”
According to Oba Akinbola, the lyaloja of Alade market High Chief Mrs. lwalola Oladehin along with my task force. headed by Chief E. O. Olubodun were all in the market with the D.P.O. and even the Chairman of ldanre Local Government, ensuring all COVID-l9 regulations i.e. washing of hands, social distancing, sale of food items only and checking if there are visitors from other states, were in the market until about 1:00pm.
“The items on sale in the market were yam, gari, rice, beans, vegetable, plantain, fruits etc, all food items.
“Buyers are local people from the villages around. The task force may have been misinformed!”
The monarch opined that, “We want to state that on COVID-19, this kingdom has been extremely cooperative. We wish to state that any advice to close the market is not is a result of disobedience to the government order on COVID-l9.
“This may also be counter-productive to the local people who harvest their crops, after 5days to sell in the market to buy foodstuff, permitted by the government.
“We wish to assure the government that Alade people are very law-abiding and cooperative with the government policies of Ondo State,” Aladeokun of Alade said