Sofola Commissions Ultra-Modern Market At Araromi/Ifako
The Executive Chairman of Kosofe Local Government Hon. Afolabi Sofola has delivered on another of his campaign promises with the commissioning of Ultra-modern Market at Aramo/Ifako area of the Local government to the great excitement of the residents of the community.
Hon. Sofola, yesterday commissioned Bakare Bello market after its reconstruction and transformation into a world class commercial centre in fulfilment of his campaign promise to the leaders and residents of the community in 2017.
The market has state of the art facilities such as conference centre, separate toilets for people of disability, men and women; structures of different sizes and open space for trading and commercial activities.
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While officially declaring the market open for general use, Hon. Sofola appealed to the residents and leader of the community to make proper use of the market which he noted was reconstructed in order to take traders away from the street.
The council chairman was ably represented by his deputy, Hon. Omotuyi Awosola.
Present at the commissioning are Baale of Araromi, Alhaji Oriola Onalaja; Baale of Ifako 2, Chief Tajudeen Bakare Bello; APC Ward C Apex leader, Chief Olukayode Onasanya; Alhaja Bushirat Bisoye Balogun, the Iyalaje general of Kosofe; Ward C Councillor, Hon. Ibrahim Bakare Olawale, Council Treasurer, Pastor Olugbuyi Babatunde, Kosofe NULGE chairman, Comrade Ade Orababa, Kosofe Local Government Internal Auditor, Mr. Monzoor Adelu, Outgoing Council Engineer, Mr. Ekundayo Solomon and incoming Engineer, Mrs Adesanya.
In an Interview with News men, the Iyalaje general of Kosofe, Alhaja Bushirat Bisoye Balogun who represented Iyaloja of the Market who also doubles as Iyaloja General of Kosofe Mrs. Folake Obanibashiri Awosanya, thanked the local government chairman for the reconstruction of the market saying it was a welcome development to the people of the community and the market leaders.
She added that they have put measures in place to ensure its proper maintenance and provide round the clock security.
Similarly, another market leader in the area, Mrs. Abibatu Amusa, the Iyaloja of Araromi/Sawmill market thanked the council chairman for the renovation of the market.
She noted that the market has increased the rate of commercial activities in the area as both residents and non-residents have rented shops and appealed to the management of the market to ensure its proper maintenance.
Alhaji Oriola Onalaja, the Baale of Araromi Town commended the council Chairman for giving the community a befitting market, saying that it has brought development to the area as resident of the area no longer need to go to markets at Bariga to make purchases.
The councillor of the Ward Hon. Ibraheem Bakare Olawale on his own part expressed satisfaction with the high standard of the market while commending the council chairman for the remarkable feat.
He stressed that the Ward being the third largest Ward in Lagos State deserved market place of that quality and was upbeat it would bring an added development to the area.
He also noted that in spite of the high standard of the market, the shops are however affordable to different class of people as they are in different sizes and also base on the type of goods they want to sell.
The project Manager of the Market, Mr. Abolade Kamil Rufai explained that the market was constructed by Kosofe Local Government in order to provide viable market to Araromi/Ifako community.
He noted that the construction of the market has generated multiplier effects in terms of raising the standard of living of residents, creation of employment opportunities and increment in property value in the area.
He explained that the market has structures of different sizes affordable to different classes of people base on what they want to use them for.
He advised members of the community to view the market as their own and do their normal day-to-day buying and selling within it.
He said that roadside or street trading are no longer fashionable, stressing that the market was designed to provide convenient way of trading.