Aso Ofi Marketers Mourn Makinde’s Mother’s Death
…. Call For Governor’s Intervention on Abandoned International Aso-Ofi Market
The Association of Aso-Ofi Marketers has condoled with the governor of Oyo State, governor Seyi Makinde over the loss of his mother, Madam Abigail Makinde, saying her demise was a big loss to the State as she was a strong pillar of support for the governor during her lifetime.
The association said this in a statement signed by its President, Alhaji Imuran Alarape Kangunhan, the Chairman, Alhaji Taiwo Ariwoola, the Youths Chairman, Alhaji Sulaimon Onimama and the Youths Secretary, Mr Wahab Gafar Pakoto on Monday, adding that they planned inviting Madam Abigail Makinde to be the Mother of The Day at their forthcoming World Aso-Ofi Day celebration.
The Youths’ Chairman, Alhaji Sulaimon hinted that the choice of the governor’s mother as the Mother of The Day was because she was noted to be a lover of culture and traditional Aso-Ofi when she was alive.
“We sympathize with our amiable governor on the death of his mother, a sad event that took place last week, but we take solace in the fact that Mama left a legacy that is worth of emulation in motherhood, she left behind good children and was a notable lover of Yoruba culture and traditional Aso-Ofi.
“We planned to make her our Mother of The Day in our forthcoming World Aso-Ofi Day but God knows best, we pray that the children she left behind will continue to make her proud wherever they are.”
The statement called on governor Makinde to urgently give attention to the abandoned International Aso-Ofi Market at Iseyin, which was inaugurated by the administration of late Abiola Ajimobi but was later abandoned.
They claimed that since the market that was supposed to have multiplier economic effects on the people of Oke-Ogun was abandoned, marketers of Aso-Ofi had no choice than to continue to take their wares to Ibadan and Ede markets in order to survive.
“We have lost over #2billion to the abandonment since the day the market was inaugurated by the last administration, some of our people went to take bank loans to boost production and employed more weavers, but we never knew that the former governor took us for a ride.
“We are appealing to our amiable governor to please come to our aid and start work on the project so that the potentials of the market could be realized in the areas of economic and social growth for the people of Iseyin and Oke-Ogun in general,” the Youths’ Chairman said.