Residents’ if the ancient city if Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State have been urged by the state government to patronise the scout-camp market to strengthen the local economy and increase the state’s Gross Domestic Products, GDP.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, made this appeal in Ibadan, after a visit to the market on Thursday.
Olatubosun hinted that the government built and equipped the modern market for traders, to end street trading, adding that the Scout Camp market is government-owned, supervised by the state Ministry of Trade and Investment.
Olatunbosun said, “I use this occasion to reiterate the support of Oyo State government to the success of this market and we will always be part of the numerous programmes that are geared towards bringing more developments to the state.”
He also urged residents to pay adequate attention to consumption of fresh vegetables and fresh farm products from Oja-Agbe Market at the market.
Olatubosun therefore enjoined traders trading on the streets of Challenge, Felele/Olorunsogo areas to return to the Scout Camp market, as over 700 shops are still available for them to occupy.
He said, “I urge the people to continue patronising the market to boost the capacities of the local farmers and enhance their livelihoods.”
He said that the market is a door of employment opportunities and source of wealth to many that are passionate about the commercial values in the state.
Also speaking, the Chairperson, Caretaker Committee Scout Camp market, Challenge, Ibadan, Mrs Abike Olukoju, said that the committee established Oja-Agbe market inside Scout Camp Business market complex, where people can buy food stuff directly from the farmers.
Olukoju added further that in order to attract patronage for the market, the caretaker committee arranged with the Oja Agbe market association and was established in Scout Camp market to bring fresh farm produce into the market for people to buy at a much cheaper rate.
Also speaking, one of the market leaders, Mr Inauolaji Quality, said that the Scout Camp market is good and peaceful in terms of sales and adequate security of lives and properties, urging people to come inside the market and do their business without any intimidation.