The new Iya Oloja-General (market leader), Mrs. Sade Tinubu-Ojo, has denied being imposed on market women and men as late Abibatu Mogaji’s successor by her father, a former governor of Lagos State and National Leader, Action Congress of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu.
Mogaji, who died recently, was Tinubu’s mother.
While inaugurating a new tomato section of the Mile 12 Food Market on Friday, Tinubu-Ojo said her appointment was not political.
She said, “I was never imposed. It is impossible for anybody to impose anyone on traders. Traders are not politicians. Although we all are political animals, this is not a political office where anyone can be imposed. Besides, before my grandmother died, she gave me the mantle. It was the Iya Oloja before her, late Pele Wura, that appointed her (Mogaji) as the Iya Oloja. I learnt she was about my age then.
“I didn’t even have the idea that this is the responsibility that my grandma wanted to bestow on me, when she said I should go and lay the (market) board for her. I had my ambition but I believe this is the will of God for my life. Even if my grandmother chose me for this position, there would be trouble if God has not said yes to it.”
She urged traders to cooperate with the government to allow rapid development, adding that it was their joint efforts that could bring about development in the country.
Tinubu-Ojo urged them to be responsible to the society, so that the government could also attend to their needs.
Tinubu-Ojo said, “If we want government to provide amenities for us in the markets, then we also should also pay our taxes as this is a means of generating funds for government. I am not usually happy whenever a market is shut down. I plead with everyone to always observe environmental sanitation in the market in order to avoid such occurrences.
“More so, it is rainy season and there is usually flood in the area. To avoid flooding, we should clean our surroundings and make sure everything is in order. By so doing, we would encourage the government to attend to our needs.” …..culled from Punch
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