Shasha traders resume sales on market ruins

Owners of 100 trucks loaded with onions boycott Shasa Market

One hundred trucks, loaded with 4,000 tonnes of onions, have reportedly left Sokoto for other African countries in the aftermath of the recent crisis at Shasa. The Shasa crisis led to the death of 27 onion traders, while 14 trucks were destroyed. However, the National President of Onion Producers and Marketers, Aliyu Isa, denied that the decision to export the products resulted from the recent Shasa crisis.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, which took place at Illela border post, Isa noted that the world witnessed a global onion crisis due to the outbreak of purple blotch and Downey mildew in 2019 and the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to¸ he added that in Nigeria, the situation was further complicated by the flooding of 2020, which made it challenging to attain annual onion domestic demands.

Shasha market slowly reopening
Trading activities have slowly begun to pick up pace in Shasha market, a few days after Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state, ordered the reopening. The market dubbed the tomatoes hub of Ibadan, the state capital, is still scanty, with very little wares available for sale — and at high prices.

According to¸ most of the stalls which survived the ethnic clash were empty on Monday. Muyideen Olasunkanmi, a trader, said that both the Hausa and Yoruba traders have reunited. He said most traders had not resumed sales because they had no wares.

“We [Yoruba sellers] and Hausa people are treating each other very well and we are now selling goods in the market,” Olasunkanmi said. “Why the market is not full is just that some roads are still blocked from the north. So once the roads are opened, onions, tomatoes and other items will be available for sale. So no problem, there is now peace.”

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