Beneficiaries and prospective developers of the lock-up shops, open stalls and vacant sites at the Agric Olope Neighbourhood Market in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, have been directed to complete the development on the site and put them to use without further delay.
The state’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Ibitoye Adeyiola, gave the directive during an on-the-spot assessment of the project site.
Adeyiola, who expressed disappointment at the unkempt state of the market stalls and surroundings, submitted that it was high time the properties were developed and put to optimum use.
He maintained that any developer who failed to comply with this directive within six weeks stands the risk of forfeiting the property.
The market, which was built by Dr Kayode Fayemi during his first tenure as governor, consists of 140 lock-up shops with 120 open market stalls (106 of which had been allocated), some vacant and partitioned areas and four warehouses.