The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun in his resolve to improve the socio-economic activities and standard of living of the people, has commissioned a new shopping complex consisting of three blocks of storey building, 144 lock-up shops, 160 open stalls, toilets and functional borehole at Lafenwa Market in Abeokuta North Local Government Area.
Speaking at the event, Prince Abiodun emphasised the need to concentrate more on projects that would enhance trade and commerce, to enable people be self-reliant for rapid development and growth of the State.
The Ogun State Governor speaking through the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, restated that the Public Private Partnership initiative of his administration, would assist the government in the provision of needed infrastructure across the State.
“I want to implore the Transition Committee of the Abeokuta North Local Government, to ensure that welfare of the people in the council area are given necessary attention. Our government is people-friendly, and we will continue to deliver impactful projects that can turn around the lives of the residents’’, the Governor said.
He urged traders to make judicious use of the facilities, and ensure their maintenance, adding that they should abide by the rules and regulations of the State Market Board.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Transition Chairman, Abeokuta North Local Government, Hon. Babatunde Tella, said the new infrastructure in the market, would serve as veritable source of generating income to the council area.
While appreciating the traders for their patience and support during the construction of the projects, Hon. Tella enjoined them to see the provision of borehole as an opportunity for regular washing of hands, to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and other related diseases.
In his remarks, the Agura Of Gbaguraland, Oba Babajide Bakre, said the projects have given Lafenwa market a facelift, imploring the traders to ensure prompt payment of market levies in order to fast-track other projects in the area.
Speaking on behalf of Lafenwa traders, the Iyaloja of the Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Kemi Oloyede alongside Alhaji Musa Adeyinka, commended the assistance received from the State and Local Governments at uplifting the market, assuring that traders would not renege in their support to the present administration in the State.