‘How Osun senator saved our business from collapse’

Cross section of businessmen and women especially meat sellers in Osun State have recounted how they did incur loses before the emergence of the Senator representing Osun West Senatorial district, Ademola Adeleke.

Ademola, a younger brother of late Senator Adetunji Adeleke replaced his brother at red chamber July last year after his elder brother’s demise.

It was gathered that the lawmaker has been attending to the yearnings of his constituents, which might not be unconnected to his emergence as the flagbearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the next governorship election holding in the State September.

A meat seller in Ikire, Irewole Local government, Mukaila, who spoke with our correspondent said ever since he settled for meat business about twelve years ago, he had incurred so much loses over lack of facility to preserve unsold meat for the next day.

His story was not different from other meat sellers in the popular Odo-Ori market in Iwo, an ancient city in the state, who shared tales of how large chunk of their investments have been lost to factors that is beyond them.

According to them, things degenerated when the never-ending power outage frustrated adequate supply for coolrooms as the meat sellers were left shattered watching their unsold wares waste away.

While speaking, Mukaila said, “Those who have been plunged into debt beyond them or could not cope with the unfavourable situation of their business, pulled out or fled the city to avoid embarrassment from creditors.

”As much as the business seems promising, the unfavorable situation that confronted us over the years was depressing,” an emotional Mukaila said in Yoruba language.

“Almost on daily basis, we incur loses. Whenever our sale didn’t finish, it usually ended up as a loss because it either waste away or lose worth as there is always power issue to adequately preserve them.

“That has led most people to quit the business while some of us who persevered have to call micro-finance institutions and cooperative societies to rescue us.”

However, hope was rekindled for the meat sellers when the lawmaker, Ademola Adeleke, showed concern to their plights and promised intervention to the epileptic power supply challenges facing them.

Within two months, Adeleke fulfilled his promise as he donated a 500 KVA generator to Iwo township abattoir as an alternative power supply, eliciting wide jubilation from businessmen in the town, who are convinced that the intervention will pull their businesses off the cliff.

The gesture which caught many unaware, drew commendations from the public who are used to politicians not honouring their promises.

Akanni, a meat seller in the town, who cherished the intervention of Adeleke, recalled how several pleas to politicians to come to their aid which had been met with disappointment, adding that he (Adeleke) has proved to be a promise keeper.

“The hardship we have endured over the years in keeping up with this (meat) business, is terrifying. Several appeals for intervention were never answered unless Adeleke who proved to be a politician with difference by keeping his word,” he said.

Akanni’s sentiment captured that of many meat sellers in the popular market of Iwo, who shared their experience of how they struggled daily to survive the attendant loses which inadequate infrastructures usually caused.

He recalled how he usually rely on blood from freshly slaughtered beef to sprinkle unsold meat to aid sale the next day, but that wasn’t adequate enough to assuage loss, as customers either avoid them or buy at far lower prices.

He added, “Since the generator was installed for us, it has solved the major challenges we have with power supply and loses that characterised the past has been eliminated.”

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