BENINâ€”EDO State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has assured the people of the state of visible changes within the Benin metropolis within the first two years of his administration.
He also expressed satisfaction with the various measures put in place by his government to control flooding in the state capital, especially at the popular 5 junction.
The governor, who spoke while addressing market women that were in Government House yesterday to protest the lack of space to sell their wares following the demolition of illegal structure in Benin metropolis, however, promised to allocate land for the building of a new market.
According to him, â€œwithout you, there is no government. I would not have been here without you. I am happy you have come to complain that many of you are selling on the roadside, which had been destroyed in New Benin Market. I know you want to work because you people are not lazy.
â€œWhen they stole our mandate, you were there praying for us. We still need your prayers. To deliver on our campaign promises, we need your prayers. To repair an already damaged city like Benin would not be an easy task and we cannot do this without stepping on toes. We are determined to change the face of Benin and clean it up.
â€œToday, I promise we will give you a new market. Somebody will go with you now to show you so that whoever wants to buy second hand cloths can come there. Everybody must get space to trade there without molestation. but you must promise me that everybody must go there to sell.
â€œWe understand some people have taken over a filing station to sell their wares; that is unacceptable. Whatever you want, we are ready to give it to you, be it toilet and borehole, in the new market. Whatever we do, itâ€™s because of our future, and you must be patient with government.
â€œFor instance, whenever it rains in 5 junctions, it used to be impassable, but now you can go through the place without problem when it rains.
â€œWork is also on-going in Welfare junction and by the time we spend two years here, the changes would have been visible.â€