Ojo Local Government Area is partnering Alaba Amalgamated Traders Association, Alaba International Market, to solve the issue of security in the market.
According to Council Manager, Fasino Kehinde, who represented the LG Sole Administrator, Abdulwasiu Sanni, during a security meeting organised by the association of sectional heads (Alaba Amalgamated) in the market, the local government wants the partnership in order to ensure peace and order in Alaba environs.
He urged the market leaders to always involve the local government on issues of security so as to bring lasting solutions to them.
Speaking at the event, Felix Nwagu, the Chairman, General Electrical Dealers Association (GEDA), who is also the President, Alaba Amalgamated, said the main objective of the meeting was the security challenges in the market.
He said, “we have a lot of security issues within the market and there are efforts to solve them but the worrisome aspect of it is that the perpetrators have changed tactics and this has become very challenging for us. There is increased influx of cult members and cult-related activities and this we enjoin the local government and security agencies within Alaba to look into.”
Also speaking, the Chairman, Electronics Section, Alaba International Market, Mr. Uchenna Nnadozie, said, “Alaba is having very serious challenge as regards security. It has degenerated to armed robbery. We decided to involve all stakeholders to find a lasting solution to it. We have been faced with this challenge before but of recent, it has degenerated to something deadly. Recently, someone was robbed and shot in C-Line and another person in Electronics Section was robbed of over N400,000.”
Also, the Chairman, Industrial Section, Mr. Patrick Iwuagu, stated that security is very important in every society. He said, “security is very paramount in every society. Without it, there will be total disorder. We as leaders should take it serious. Many arrests have been made earlier but were not followed up. Before you know it, the people arrested will be bailed by their accomplices. We have to be making meaningful arrests and follow them up if we want this menace to stop.”
Iwuagu urged other stakeholders in the market to be security conscious and report any threat that will endanger the market. “Here is where we make our daily income and so, we have to make it conducive for ourselves and our customers. Otherwise, we will put ourselves or even our customers in serious danger, if we did not take this issue of security serious,” he said.