Hausa Traders Saying They Built Shasha Market Are Liars, Ford Basis, Others Built It For Us —Conventional Leader

The Baale of Shasha village, Chief Amusa Ajani, on Friday mentioned these ascribing the creation of Shasha market to Hausa communities are liars who have no idea the historical past of the market.

He mentioned the market was created by Ford Basis and The Rockefeller Basis via the Worldwide Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

The normal chief who spoke with SaharaReporters on Friday defined that the market was established to compensate the ladies in Shasha.

He mentioned, “Over 60 years in the past, the Federal Authorities was attempting to get a particular area of land with sure qualities for IITA. That is the place they had been in a position to get it in Nigeria. So, they approached us to depart the place however we mentioned no as a result of that they had pushed us away from Eleyele, which made us relocate to the College of Ibadan.  

“They additionally requested us to depart the College of Ibadan and we moved to this place, and now they’re telling us to depart this place once more, we cannot. However these white males now supplied to reside with us. They requested us to depend the variety of villages on our land and we counted them; they had been 33. 

“They paid city planners and we got this place with an settlement that they might not come to our place to disturb us. So we requested them how our wives had been going to manage as a result of, at the moment, they used to go to the markets at Oja-Oba, Sango, and Mokola, which had been removed from right here, so the white males mentioned they might construct a marketplace for us. 

“They introduced the plans for our homes and the market. Not solely the market, they constructed these homes for us. They constructed the market a yr earlier than we moved to this place. There was a girl, the primary councillor in Moniya, referred to as Mrs Bolarinwa; she contributed her salaries for one yr to attach electrical energy provide to the market. 

“After that, there was a disaster involving pepper sellers in Oja-Oba space of Ibadan. They had been chased away from Oja-Oba due to disaster, and the present Seriki Shasha approached Mrs Bolarinwa to get him a marketplace for his folks. So the lady promised to take him to a market in her care which was Shasha market. 

“That was when she introduced Seriki to the market and he made some sacrifices. They killed two rams available in the market that day. I wasn’t the Baale at the moment however I used to be a part of the committee. We had been watching the elders at the moment whereas they had been making the sacrifices. To draw extra folks to the market, Mrs. Bolarinwa used to subsidise the costs of milk for folks. She actually tried to ensure the market did nicely. And our elders allowed Hausa folks to start bringing onions to the market from the North. Every time we ask for them to pay royalty, Hausa folks will say we wish to chase them out of the market. 

“They saved telling lies that they might pay us. We took the problem to the police command and the commissioner at the moment vindicated us however until in the present day, we’re nonetheless on it. He mentioned they need to be giving us 10 baskets of onions and we used to pay them the next day after we should have offered them. However when it was not doing nicely, we diminished the quantity to 2 baskets to make sure we had some cash to run the market. So, that’s the story. It was Ford Basis and Rockefeller that constructed 250 retailers for us, via IITA.”

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