The state governor said the traders will get a better trading environment.
The Ogun State Government has begun the construction of ultra-modern markets to accommodate traders whose shops had to give way for the expansion and reconstruction of roads in various parts of the State.
The Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who revealed this during his sensitization tour to some of the affected markets, informed that the shopping complexes would be constructed at Itoku, Sapon and Omida markets respectively in Abeokuta.
Mr. Amosun added that the State Government had also acquired two other locations close to the former sites of the affected markets in Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode and Ilo-Awela where the road expansion projects are on-going ,saying that the gesture was to ensure that the traders were not completely uprooted from the areas where they were plying their various trades.
He said in line with the Ogun Standard, the shopping malls will be provided with toilets and all other facilities that could be found in any shopping complex in the developed countries; assuring that the construction of the Sapon ultra-modern market which has kicked-off would be replicated in other areas.
The State Governor urged the traders to exercise patience as his government was working tirelessly to ensure that the markets were ready for use by next May, pointing out that the projects would be done systematically in order not to displace them.
Reacting to the development, a trader, Basirat Oyeneye, said, ‘’we are pleased with Governor Amosun’s urban renewal drive because it is for our good. I pray that all of us who have experienced this pain will live to joyfully enjoy the benefits by the time these infrastructure are in place.”
Another trader, Balogun Kajola, enthused that, the approach of the present administration to infrastructural development is first of its kind, pleading that government should fast-track the projects as promised so that traders could fully settle down for business.