By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, has explained that the delay in the implementation of the state’s 2016 budget has to do with the adequate reconciliation of grey areas in the said budget, adding that it would be implemented in a matter of few weeks.
He made the disclosure on Monday while briefing journalists at the Governor’s Office on the state government’s plan to remodel some selected markets in the state to conform with the modern dictate.
According to him, the governor presented the budget to the legislative arm about five months ago for their own input, while it had been returned to the executive arm for final implementation, adding that the state government was following the Federal Government’s step in the implementation of the budget.
While dropping the hint on the state government’s plan to reconstruct the popular Temidire Plank Market along new Ife road, Ibadan, Mr. Layinka hinted that the development was in line with the ongoin redevelopment and restructuring of market across the state, pointing out that it was also part of the government’s resolve to complement it urban renewal drive.
The upgrade and development of existing markets in the state, according to him, was to enhance value proposition of markets and to enable them contribute to economic growth and project aesthetic feature of the state in line with the state government urban renewal policy.
He explained that the first face of the pro ject would be completed in the next six months with 1000 lock-up shops, open shops equipped with all necessary modern apparatus to create appreciable sense of ease, while disclosing that the state government had already allocated 3.7 hecters of land at Fasade area of the state for occupiers of Temidire market to relocate.
Mr. Layinka further added that the government has entered into an agreement with a private developer , “The City Prime Developers, for the development and construction of the market.
The state’s government spokesperson therefore urged all current occupants of the market to immediately vacate the site, while appealing to all stakeholders as well as residents and motorists to bear and co-operate with the state government pending the completion of the project.
He explained benefits of market renewal project against the background of current challenges of posing as threat to fire mishap, flood and other environmental challenges.
In his reaction, chairman of Temidire Plank Market, Mr. Ganiu Oyetunji appealed to traders still occupying the market to vacate the site in line with the state government’s order and pledge the readiness of the traders to co-operate with the government.
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan