By Daniel Abe
The Chairman, Cattle Dealers Association, Ekiti state chapter, Mr Ayuba Ahmed and youth leader of Miyetti Allah, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed have called on Ekiti State government to expedite action on the proper take off of cattle market in the state.
The two groups made the calls during a meeting with the Senior Special Assistant on Mobilization to governor Fayemi, Prince Tunji Ogunlola at his office in Ado-Ekiti.
Mr Ayuba said lack of cattle market in the state is causing his members a great setback, maintained that the state has all it takes to have its own cattle market as obtainable in the neighbouring states. He said that the facilities already put in place at the site along Iworoko road are enough for the commencement of their business at the market.
Also speaking, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed of Miyetti Allah, explained that it is only Ekiti State that has no cattle market in the entire southwest, stressed that his members rely on the cattle market in other states for their business.
In his own contribution, the state Consultant on Abattoirs and Cattle Market Development, Pastor Kayode Oluwayomi commended the state government for its various efforts aimed at reducing high cost of goods and services in the state.
Pastor Oluwayomi said the cattle market apart from providing a centralised market for the sale of cows, will also serve as a source of revenue for the government, provide employment and also boost other businesses within the area.
He said the site provided for the market along Iworoko road was strategically located as it leads to three major higher institutions, namely, Ekiti State University (EKSU), Federal University Oye(FUOYE) and Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti.
In his response, the Senior Special Assistant on Mobilization, Prince Tunji Ogunlola thanked the associations for coming and promised to table their requests before the Governor through the chief of staff, Hon Biodun Omoleye.
Meanwhile, immediately after the meeting, the SSA, Prince Tunji Ogunlola paid a visit to the site of the cattle market, along Iworoko road and put the level of work there at 95 percent completion.
Ogunlola said when the market begins full operation, it will increase domestic revenue of the government and a also reduce high cost of meat in the state. He therefore appealed to those already operating at the market without government approval to desist from it.