December 15, 2018
Government & Politics

Ekiti Govt Stops Shop Allocation at Oja Oba Market

The Ekiti State Government has ordered the stoppage of allocation of shops in the Oja Oba Market in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

A statement on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olayinka Oyebode, said the decision followed the inspection of facilities at the ultra modern market by the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, during which it was discovered that the market complex was not safe for use.

“A structural evaluation of the complex shows that some considerable construction work would be required to fix the inherent structural defects which have made the building unsafe for use.

“As this process would take some time, the governor has therefore directed that the process of allocation of shops be stopped immediately,” the statement read in part.

The CPS stated further that the governor also directed that subscribers with proofs of payment for shops in the market should be refunded.

“The Ministries of Works and Commerce are to work out a seamless process for the refund,” Oyebode added.

But Fayose’s Special Assistant on New Communication and Public Media, Lere Olayinka, dared Fayemi to revoke the allocation.

In a piece he titled, ‘Fact Temporary Governor Kayode Fayemi must know,” Olayinka said the penalty for revocation “is payment of annual rental value for 50 years plus refund of cost of purchase.

“That is, if rent on one shop is say N200.000 per year, N10m plus cost of purchase will be paid.

“Multiply number of shops already allocated and paid for by N11m.

“Even developers allocate buildings before they are built, not to talk about a market that is almost completed.

“Fayemi should go ahead and revoke the allocation, a je owo dee for the allottees (that means more money for the allottees).”

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