The Deji of Akure Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade on Tuesday in Akure ordered the reversal of his earlier decision to close all markets and shops during the 2020 edition of Amole festival.
The suspension of the age-long practice, according to a statement made available to the media by the monarch’s chief press secretary, Michael Adeyeye, is premised on the monarch’s decision to cushion the effect of economic hardship among market women occasioned by the adverse effect of COVID–19.
This decision was contained in a statement made available to the press by the monarch’s Chief Press Secretary, Michael Adeyeye in Akure on Tuesday.
The statement reads: “The palace wishes to notify residents of Akure and its environ that the Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi Ogunlade, Odundun II, has approved the reversal of the earlier directive for the closure of all markets and shops in Akure during the Amole festival scheduled to hold September 9.
“In view of this, all shops and markets in Akure will remain open during the celebration of the age-long traditional festival,” Adeyeye stated.
“The palace wishes to enjoin residents, market women, and shop owners to go about their lawful duties without let or hindrance during this celebration.
“And it is equally important to restate that, the festival will not in any way restrict human and vehicular movement,” he stated.