The popular Fayose market in Ado Ekiti, the state capital has been closed following the order of the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose for not complying with the rules and regulations of the market.
Channels TV correspondent reports that the market has been under lock and key for the past few weeks and this has not been the best of time for the traders, considering the season and as the yuletide approaches.
The Commissioner for Information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, has explained that “the market was closed due to the attack on the enforcement officers of the state government, (and) for now the market remains closed until the traders learn their lessons”.
The Governor has also explained that the market was closed “for not complying with the laws and order rules guiding the market”.
He said that traders should see themselves as brothers and respect the state government order.
Traders in the market have been warned in the past to stop obstructing access roads and walkways with their goods.
Efforts have been made by the traders to appeal to Governor Fayose for an amicable resolution of the matter but the efforts have not yielded the desired result.
For now, traders remain on the streets hoping that the market would be opened as soon as possible.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has presented Hon. Akanni Afolabi, a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly before newsmen in Abuja.
The DSS said that it arrested the Ekiti lawmaker a few weeks ago over some serious breaches bordering on state security which falls under the purview of the DSS to investigate.
Earlier, the Ekiti State Government had announced the death of Hon. Akanni Afolabi in the DSS custody.
Speaking at a press conference in the state capital, Ado-Ekiti, Commissioner for Information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, said that Hon Akanni Afolabi was unlawfully arrested by the Department of State Security.
Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have also called on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to intervene on the arrest and detention of four members of the Ekiti House by the DSS.
Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Mr Samuel Omotosho, who led the delegation, expressed frustration at how the Department of State Services has made it impossible for the detained members to have access to their families and lawyers.
On his part, the Director of Media in the Commission, Mr Lambert Okpara, assured the delegation that an investigation would be conducted into the matter.
Private school owners in Ekiti State have embarked on a three-day warning strike over the 1,000 Naira education levy on each pupil by the state government to further generate revenue for the state.
The Ekiti State government came out with a 1,000 Naira education development levy to be paid by each pupil in private primary and secondary schools.
The move was considered to be multiple taxation by the private school owners and it subsequently led them to staging the protest.
The basic no-strike posture of private primary and secondary school was jettisoned with the total shut down of private schools in the state.
During the protest, the proprietors insisted that it is against every norm and another burden on the already heavy taxes from the state government.
Speaking on behalf of the school owners, President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in Ekiti State, Saka Adeleye, said that it is either total removal of the due or total shutdown of schools.
Reacting to the claim, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, admitted that the government indeed issued the levy but asked for understanding from the proprietors.
The popular Kings Market in Ado Ekiti is now set to be demolished by the State government, as the construction of an ultra-modern market is to commence.
The popular Oba Market in the Ekiti State’s capital, south-west Nigeria was gutted by fire few months ago.
Having lost properties worth millions of Naira to the inferno, the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who visited the market, promise to build an ultra-modern market for the people.
Governor Fayose, however, said the project was in line with the fulfillment of his promise.
The Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, disclosed that the government had paid compensations to all shop owners of the market.
Some of the traders, Olatunde Bolatito and Olowoyo Kolawole, said it was their hope that the State government would keep to its promise by completing the project in a short time.