Ambode urged to hand over new Oyingbo Market to traders

Oyingbo-newAlhaja Basira Balogun, the women leader in Oyingbo market, on Thursday appealed to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to hand over the new market complex to traders.

Balogun told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the handing over was long overdue since the market was inaugurated in March.

She said that the former governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, could not fulfil his promise to hand over the new market complex before leaving office.

“Fashola delivered on his campaign promise to build the market and we are happy, but we do not know why he could not hand the market over to us after it was commissioned.

“We complained to the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure which promised that Gov. Babatunde Fashola was going to hand it over.

“My market members have been asking questions on when they can move into the shops, some of them feel so disappointed.

“We want the new administration to officially hand the market over to us,” she said.

She, however, said that lack of adequate drainage channels around the entire market was causing flooding whenever it rained.

The market leader appealed to Ambode to construct drainage channels around the entire market to avert flooding.

NAN, however, learnt that Fashola could not hand over the market to traders because of incomplete documentation.

Oyingbo market came into existence in 1920s as a depot for farm products and grew to a commercial centre.

Past administrations came up with initiatives to develop the market, but the Fashola administration awarded the contract to Messers PALMYRA to rebuild the market in 2009.

Fashola inaugurated the three-storey ultra-modern market on March 15.

The complex has 902 lock-up shops, 49 open offices and 134 toilets.

Other facilities in the complex include 150-capacity car park, water, sewage and refuse treatment plants, fire safety gadgets, heavy duty generators and six gate houses, among others.

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