Fayemi Revokes Shops Allocated By Fayose In Ado-Ekiti
The governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has, on Thursday, ordered the immediate cancellation of over 800 shops at the multi-billion naira new Oja Oba Market in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
The shops were allocated by immediate past governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
Governor Fayemi announced the cancellation through a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode in Ado-Ekiti.
The action followed Fayemi’s inspection of the market facilities earlier in the week.
Citing reasons for the cancellation, Fayemi said: “It has been discovered that the market complex is not ready for use.
“A structural evaluation of the complex shows that some considerable construction works are required to fix the inherent structural defects which have made the buildings 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 governor also directed that all subscribers with proofs of payment for shops in the market should be refunded.
“The ministries of works and commerce have consequently been ordered to work out a seamless arrangement for the market’s completion and allocation,’’ the statement added.
It could be recalled that the market, the largest in the state, was reconstructed after the demolition of the old market which was razed by fire about three years ago.
Construction works at the new market had reached about 80 per cent completion when Fayose’s tenure ended in October.