Livestock Traders Begins Operation At Aso-Ofi International Market
Members of the Iseyin Branch of the Livestock Traders Association of Oyo State have started using a portion of the Aso-Ofi International Market in Iseyin for their trading.
A visit by the Correspondent of The Chronicler Newspaper on Wednesday showed traders at the Iseyin-Moniya market haggling price with their customers on goats, sheep and rams.
The State Chairman of the association, Alhaji Rasaq Duduyemi said the relocation was as a result of the vacation notice his members got at the former market at Oja-Oba, occasioned by the extension project of the Iseyin Central Mosque.
He opined that the development that has taken place within the community did not allow for trading in livestock within the Oja-Oba, especially as long vehicles transporting livestock for the coming Ileya festival will have ample space to pack while traders and buyers will also enjoy the space at the new market.
”We appreciate the State and local governments for giving us the opportunity to expand in this manner, although the relocation was majorly caused by the extension project at the central mosque at Oja-Oba.
”Here our people will have the opportunity to do their business in an open and conducive environment where customers will also have space to go round to select their choice, especially during the Ileya festival.
”We believe that other traders in foodstuffs like yam, maize and other farm products will also come here and take their space so that people can have a broad view of their products and also to enjoy the fact that the road here is under fifty minutes to Ibadan and Oyo township.”
The late Abiola Ajimobi administration approved the establishment of Aso-Ofi International Market at Kilometer at kilometer 1, Iseyin end of the Moniya-Iseyin road in 2017, but the Aso-Ofi market has since then remained a venue for the celebration of the annual Aso-Ofi day than the actual market it was designed for, by the government and stakeholders.