Monday, 24 October 2016

Trouble As Market Women Protest, Block Benin-Lagos Highway

The Uselu/Ugbowo section of the Benin-Lagos highway was blocked by protesters over plans by Egor Local Government Area of Edo State to relocate traders of Uselu market.
Placards were displayed by the protesters whilst also blocking both sides of the highway hereby preventing motorists from continuing with their trips.
The Protesters under the Uselu Market Women Association were protesting the council’s directive to lock-up stores.
many of the women said the N1.2m charged for the stalls was too exorbitant for them, especially given the type of businesses most of them do.

The women said their problem was compounded by the action of the local council, which commenced the removal of their make shift shops on Monday.
One of the market women, Mrs. Celena Okon, described the council’s action as “an act of wickedness”, in view of the current economic situation in the country.
All efforts to get authorities of Egor local council to comment on the situation proved abortive, as the Council’s Head of Service was said to be unavailable.