The Ekiti State Government has ordered the stoppage of allocation of shops in the Oja Oba Market in Ado- Ekiti, the state capital.
A statement on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor , Olayinka Oyebode, said the decision followed the inspection of facilities at the ultra modern market by the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi , during which it was discovered that the market complex was not safe for use .
“ A structural evaluation of the complex shows that some considerable construction work would be required to fix the inherent structural defects which have made the building unsafe for use .
“As this process would take some time, the governor has therefore directed that the process of allocation of shops be stopped immediately , ” the statement read in part.
The CPS stated further that the governor also directed that subscribers with proofs of payment for shops in the market should be refunded .
“The Ministries of Works and Commerce are to work out a seamless process for the refund, ” Oyebode added.
But Fayose’s Special Assistant on New Communication and Public Media, Lere Olayinka, dared Fayemi to revoke the allocation.
In a piece he titled , ‘Fact Temporary Governor Kayode Fayemi must know, ” Olayinka said the penalty for revocation “is payment of annual rental value for 50 years plus refund of cost of purchase .
“That is , if rent on one shop is say N 200. 000 per year , N 10m plus cost of purchase will be paid .
“Multiply number of shops already allocated and paid for by N 11m .
“ Even developers allocate buildings before they are built , not to talk about a market that is almost completed.
“Fayemi should go ahead and revoke the allocation, a je owo dee for the allottees (that means more money for the allottees). ”