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Obaseki inspects Ekiosa Market, promises improved business environment

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…says govt investigating illegal ticketing

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has assured traders in Ekiosa Market located in Oredo Local Government Area of the state, of his administration’s commitment to revamp markets across the state.

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (left), acknowledging cheers from traders, during his tour of Ekiosa Market, in Oredo Local Government Area, Edo State.

Obaseki who gave the assurance during a tour of the market, said plans are being concluded to ensure regular electricity supply to the market and disclosed that the claim of illegal ticketing in the market is being investigated.

He told the traders that modern toilet facilities would be provided in the market to improve the sanitary condition of the market.

He maintained that there was need for the state government to improve the infrastructure in the market as the traders spend quality time doing their business, more than the time they spend at home.

“The inspection helps us to have first-hand information about the activities of traders and the condition of the infrastructure in the market, to enable us fix them,” he added.

The governor further said that he has directed that markets in the state should have management committees to take care of sanitation, security, maintenance of infrastructure, particularly power infrastructure in the market so that people can trade in comfort.

“The other reason for my coming is to see for myself, those people that are harassing traders for ticket money. The provision of the law on who collects revenue is very clear.

“You will recall that we amended the local government law on markets and we are currently investigating the claim of illegal printing of tickets,” the governor added.

“We are going to work with Edo Development and Property Agency (EDPA) to see how we can create a sustainable financing model for the market,” he said, and assured that the model will come with affordable prices.

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