Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Five years after the Atakumosa market, Ilesa, was gutted by fire, Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has kick-started the reconstruction of the market.
The burnt market was a major campaign issue in the build up to the 2018 governorship election in the state and the governor promised to rebuild it if elected.
In fulfillment of the promise, the Governor, on Tuesday, was in Ilesa to launch the project.
The market would be reconstructed by the state government in collaboration with the World Bank through Osun Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).
Oyetola said the reconstruction of the N200million worth market was in fulfilment of his administration’s electoral promises to provide adequate security and guarantee the welfare and general well-being of the citizenry.
He noted that the rebuilding of the market would contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and commercial activities of the State, particularly at a time the State was working assiduously to recover its economy from the adverse effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The governor, who presented the symbolic cheques to the ten beneficiary groups, assured that his administration would in addition to the CSDP- assisted initiative, build another 250 stalls, which will be delivered before the end of this year.
He commended the World Bank’s love and deep concern for the welfare and well-being of the people of the state most especially the vulnerable and the needy
The Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, hailed the governor for breaking the jix, saying the move would rekindle the hopes of the people particularly the poor of the poorest
He urged the people of the state to continue to support the government in its efforts to rejuvenate the economy and make life prosperous for the citizens, just as he called on them to ensure they reciprocate the governor’s gesture when the tim.
“I can assure you thar, we in the House, will continue to work with you harmoniously in taking Osun to the next level”, Owoeye added.
In her welcome address, the General Manager, Osun Community and Social Development Project, Mrs Funmi Abokede, commended the administration of Governor Oyetola for taking the welfare of the people as priority.
Abokede who described the project as a necessity particularly at a time the state is working hard to recover her economy, noted that the reconstruction of the market to world class standard would go a long way to addressing the need of vulnerable citizens and the downtrodden.
Earlier at the Palace of Owa Obokun, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, the traditional ruler commended Oyetola for the gesture and prayed God to continue to give him the wisdom and knowledge to take the State to greater heights.