By Idowu Gabriel, Ado-Ekiti.
Gov. Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State says his administration will build more markets in strategic locations across the state, as part of efforts to stamp out street trading.
Oyebanji, who made the declaration while inspecting roads rehabilitation and other projects in some parts of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Sunday, said that government would also provide more facilities for commercial activities.
The governor, while inspecting the Agric-Olope Road, under rehabilitation, and a channelisation project, took time to address leaders of market women at the new Shasha market.
He said that his administration was planning to build more markets to accommodate the teeming number of traders involved in street trading, with its attendant nuisance to other road users.
Oyebanji said: “I am impressed with the spate of work on this market. I hope you will make use of the facilities, as our government is making plans to build more markets for you so that you will stop street trading.
“I want an assurance from you that you will make use of the new markets, when built, because we do not want a situation where you will abandon the market and be hawking your goods on the roadside.
“This government is committed to your safety, welfare and growth of your businesses. When we provide facilities, you must make sure they are put into proper use.”
Responding, the pokesperson for the market women, Mrs Comfort Olabiran, thanked the governor for the new market, assuring him that the facility would be properly utilised by the traders.
Meanwhile, the governor has expressed satisfaction with the level and quality of work done by the contractors on the roads being rehabilitated across the state.
He said that the road rehabilitation project would soon be extended to all the 16 local government areas of the state.
Oyebanji said that he had always been embarking on projects inspection to ensure their conformity with specified standards, while assuring that his administration would continue to serve the interests of the people of the state, irrespective of their political leanings.
The governor also used the occasion to interact with some residents who trooped out to see him.
He restated that one of his administration’s programmes, aimed at empowering artisans, market women and small scale businesses, would soon be unveiled to ensure prosperity of the people of the state.
Oyebanji also urged the people to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Chief Bola Tinubu, during the Feb. 25 presidential election.
According to him, this will enable the people to enjoy more dividends of democracy if Tinubu becomes the president of Nigeria.