Osunwon Omoluabi: We will stop at nothing to ensure compliance by all stakeholders —Osun govt

Rauf Aregbesola
Osun state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola

OSUN State government, on Thursday, described the protest against the ‘Osunwon Omoluabi’ weighing scales as totally uncalled for, vowing that it would stop at nothing to ensure that all stakeholders comply with its use for standard measurement in markets and other selling points.

Apparently reacting to the protest by some market women in Osogbo, the state capital against the weighing scales, the government in statement signed by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy to the Governor, Mr Semiu Okanlawon said “We consider this protest rather to be sad, unfortunate and totally uncalled for.”

The statement reads in part, “For the avoidance of doubt, Osunwon Omoluabi was launched in Osun precisely on June 13, 2016 to bring equity, justice and fairness in all forms of commercial transactions within the territory of Osun.

It was done to restore confidence in both the buyer and the seller. It was done to eliminate all forms of distrust, acrimony and tensions associated with buying and selling.

“Above all, it was a move by the current administration to bring our commercial transactions at par with the most civilized and acceptable norm on commerce across the globe. We recall that long ahead of the 2016 public presentation of Osunwon Omoluabi, this government embarked on a massive public enlightenment, stakeholder’s engagements and full elucidation of the philosophy behind the introduction of the standardised measure.

“As a responsible government, we have given ample room for all stakeholders to be sufficiently prepared for effective take off and full implementation of this scale and measure policy. It is therefore a surprise that attempts by officials who sought enforcement of the use of the scale and measures in some markets on Tuesday and Wednesday were resisted by some people.

“We have assured all, including the women who protested today, that the government means well and should there still be a few who are not at home with this new culture we are trying to encourage and enforce, the government will stop at nothing at ensuring that every stakeholder is made to buy into this noble culture.”

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