Mrs Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the President-General of the Association of Commodity Market Women and Men of Nigeria, has urged the traders at Computer Village to cease all protests against the installation of traditional market leaders in the hub. She said they should co-operate in order for peace to reign.
She stated this while addressing top members of Computer Village Community Development Association (CDA) and some traders in Ikeja, yesterday.
This is not her first move this year: Folashade Tinubu-Ojo allegedly shut down the Lagos Trade Fair Complex trade fair in Lagos last month, requesting that market union leaders to report to her Ikeja Office for required modalities that will lead to the reopening of the market.
Why she called for a meeting: Tinubu-Ojo held the meeting in reaction to the protest held by the traders in the hub over the installation of Mrs Abisola Azeez and Mr Adeniyi Olasoji as “Iyaloja” and “Babaloja” of Computer Village, respectively.
Tinubu-Ojo has the power to appoint market leaders?: Tinubu-Ojo said she didn’t force the market leaders on them and that they were chosen by stake holders.
She explained that she had the power to choose anybody from any local government in the state to head the market, stating that all the Iyalojas and Babalojas in all the Lagos markets are her representatives in the market where they preside.
The protest was unreasonable: She further explained that the protest was not done on a reasonable ground.
”I HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL CALLS FROM MONDAY TILL DATE ABOUT WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE PROTESTS AT THE COMPUTER VILLAGE AND THE ALLEGATION THAT I WANT TO FORCE MARKET LEADERS ON TRADERS . AND WHAT I HAVE TOLD THE PEOPLE WHO CALLED ME IS THAT ‘WHY DIDN’T PEOPLE PROTESTING APPROACH ME AND ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE NOT CLEAR ABOUT INSTEAD OF TAKING THE ACTION?
”BUT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE THE FACTS, THAT WAS WHY THEY DID NOT COME AND THE PERSON WHO LED THE PROTESTS WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF TRADERS WHO STILL WANTS TO CLING ON TO POWER EVEN WHEN HIS TENURE HAS EXPIRED. AND HE WENT TO ORGANISE SOME PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT EVEN IN THE COMPUTER VILLAGE, TO CARRY PLACARD SAYING I WANT TO IMPOSE LEADERS ON THEM AS IF THE LEADERS WE WANT TO INSTALL ARE NOT PART OF THE MARKET.”
Meanwhile speaking on this, the computer village CDA, Alhaji Olushola Coker, said the landlords in the area approves of the decision.