Five years after the popular Atakumosa market, Ilesa, was gutted by fire, the Osun state government in collaboration with the World Bank through Osun Community and Social Development Project (CSDP)
kick-started the reconstruction of the market.
Speaking, Governor Gboyega 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.
Governor Oyetola, on Tuesday, was in Ilesa to launch the project.
He said the reconstruction of Atakumosa market will relief poor and vulnerable market men and women in Ijesaland in particular and the State at large when completed.
Oyetola charged the project supervisor reconstruction to implement the project in accordance with the plan, drawings, designs, layout and quality requirements that will be provided with.
He reiterated that his administration will continue to give the necessary support to the operations of Osun Agency for Community and Social Development specifically in the area of prompt of release of annual Government Contributions.
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.
According to Governor, “I am therefore happy that, today, we are able to fulfil our electoral promise, as well as our role as government to provide security and welfare for the people by kick-starting the first phase of the re construction of the market which is worth about N200 Million.
“I must commend the State Community and Social Development Agency for its support as well, which has brought succour to the victims today. Our government has been up and doing in its mandate to increase access of the poor people to socio-economic and natural resources infrastructure in the State and in a sustainable manner. The impacts of our activities are being felt in all the nooks and crannies of the State.
“As our contribution to the ongoing initiative, our government shall in addition to this CSDP assisted initiative, build another 250 stalls, which will be delivered before the end of this year.” he said
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.
She lauded the World Bank task team leader, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa for his support to get the funds to commence the project.
Those in attendance are: Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye; member, House of Representatives representing Ijesa-South, Hon. Babatunde Ayeni; Chairman House Committee on Rural Development and Community Affairs, Hon. Wale Adedoyin; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles Akinola; members House of Assembly, local government Chairmen, top political functionaries among others.
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