GOVERNOR Babajide Sanwo-Olu has extended his ongoing political consultation to markets and communities of traders across the State.
According to media reports, the Governor, on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, met with all the market leaders in Lagos under the aegis of the Association of Commodity Market Women and Men of Nigeria. The meeting was held at the Alausa residence of their President-General, Mrs Folasade Tinubu-Ojo.
It was the second time, in three months, Sanwo-Olu would be meeting with the market leaders. The Governor was accompanied by Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Special Adviser on Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Bolaji Roberts, All Progressives Congress (APC) State chairman, Hon. Cornelius Ojelabi, and the Director-General of the APC Governorship Campaign Council, Sen. Ganiyu Solomon.
Sanwo-Olu, who described marketers as “important stakeholders” in the governance of the State, said the visit was part of his wide consultation ahead of the general elections, noting that the interaction with traders in the informal sector was strategic in reaching out to the grassroots.
He said: “Market leaders and their members are important stakeholders in the governance of Lagos. We interact with them from time to time and consult them on issues concerning the growth of our markets. Today, we have come here to thank them for the support they have continued to give our government and to encourage them to continue to be loyal citizens of the State.”
Sanwo-Olu told the traders that the government had hastened up ongoing work to complete all the markets currently being constructed.
The Governor then announced the continuation of credit grants to 100 micro and small businesses in each market across the State, stressing that the intervention had empowered many women and low-income households to meet their needs.
Iyaloja-General, Tinubu-Ojo, assured the Governor of the market leaders’ continued support for the party, pledging to mobilise members of their households and communities to vote en masse for APC in the state and federal elections.