Strike: Oyo market women lament low patronage

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Hundreds of market women in Oyo State under the aegis of Concerned Mothers on Friday said the one-month-long strike embarked by labour unions in state had paralysed their business. They also said their children were affected because they had remained at home since public secondary schools in the state were closed. To this end, the market women called on the state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and labour unions in the state to reach a compromise and end the strike.

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The schools were opened on Monday by the state government but teachers shunned the classrooms.

The market women who came from all the 33 council areas of the state belong to various traders’ group in the state. They were led by the Iyaloja of Ibadan land, Mrs. Labake Lawal, and Mrs. Mutilade Adedeji.

During a briefing addressed by the leaders, the women begged Governor Ajimobi to act like a father to all the stakeholders involved in the crisis that led to the strike, while also calling on workers to show understanding and embrace dialogue.

Lawal said, “We are happy however that the situation has improved in recent times because people are now showing understanding with the government. We are still appealing to the state government, labour unions and everyone to pursue developmental goals in the on-going course. We are all affected because we no longer sell like we used to.”

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