Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, embarked on an inspection visit to the completed first phase of the ultra-modern Akesan market complex, Oyo Town.
The governor commended the contractor for doing a good job, adding that he was satisfied with the quality and pace of work at the ongoing construction of the market.
Akéde Ọ̀yọ́ correspondent reports that the over 400 years old ancient market was engulfed in a fire accident in January 2020 which led to loss of goods and valuables to the tune of hundreds of millions.
Makinde equally directed that the second phase of the project should begin and assured that the project will be fully commissioned during the second year of his administration.
He said: “Today, I am giving the go-ahead for phase 2 to start in earnest. The developer mentioned that we can attain completion for both phases within another three or three and a half months. So, we have given them the go-ahead and we are confident that, by our second year in office, this place will be fully commissioned with market men and women carrying out their activities.
“The quality is also good. It is validating that there is indeed a new approach to public project in Oyo State because you can see the quality. And our people are quite excited and I am also happy that we have the opportunity to, at least, add to the joy of the people.
The Caretaker Chairman, Oyo East local government, Prince Arowasaye Adeyemi (Arosad), in his brief remark, appreciated the governor, saying that the people of the state are happy with the reconstruction of the market.
He said: “Five months ago, you gave us the authority to embark on this project and we are so happy that the first phase is completed. The two-building has 556 lock-up shops. For the security of the lives of our mothers, we have an Administrative Block, Clinic, and 12 units of toilets here. We also have perimeter fencing and a good road network.”