Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday, visited the Obasanjo Market, at Oluyole Estate, Ibadan, with a promise to assist in having better structure and government backing.
The visit at the Day Old chicks market recorded a massive turnout of traders and buyers, who welcomed the former President amid pomp and ceremony. Most of them abandoned their goods to joining in praise-singing and eulogising him.
In a release by his Special Assistant on Media to the former President, Kehinde Akinyemi stated that Obasanjo, who arrived at the market in the morning, took time to go around the long and congested market.
The tour was conducted by Sunday Agusa, the General Manager of the Obasanjo Farms, Ibadan, located in the area.
The elated former President said his attention was drawn to the presence of the market by his staff and that his name has been used to grow the market, becoming a national and international market on day-old chicks in the country.
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According to him, “my attention was drawn to the situation here and I decided to come and see things myself. Consciously and unconsciously, you have developed into a source of the market, you buy, you sell, you interact. And this has made it very popular far and near, even though, it was not structured.
“So, what remains is that if we don’t want them to send us away from here, we have to structure ourselves in order to continue to benefit from the gains of trading our day-old chicks.
“What I am saying in essence, is that I will endeavour to see the Governor to provide for us an alternative place if this area is not available for you bringing your hatch chicks or you coming to buy our chicks here. We have to plan against any government coming to send us away and that is the structure that I am talking about,” Obasanjo disclosed, as the crowd responded overwhelmingly to his submission.
The leader of the Day Old Chicks Merchant Association of Nigeria (DOCMAN), Olaiya Ogunmoyewa at the Obasanjo Day Old International Market, appreciated the coming of the former president, saying the visit had lessened their fears on the future of the market. He said the Obasanjo had spoken their agitation “and we’re pleased with what you have told us.
“This is what was on our mind. And you have told us the move you will take to assist us. We want to thank you and that by God’s grace, we shall all be happy at the end of the day,” Ogunmoyewa said.
A giant-sized portrait of the former President was presented as an appreciation of the visit.