To take the Osun State to an enviable position in terms of community development, the Agency for Community and Social Development Projects has on Tuesday 4th August, 2020 presented checks of about N100m to fund the reconstruction of the Atakumosa market in Ilesa local government of the state.
The reconstruction project was championed by the Osun State CSDP with N100m support from the World Bank and supported with another N100m by the State Government of Osun led by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola rebuild the Atakumosa market after five years it was gutted by fire.
While delivering his speech, Governor Oyetola said the reconstruction of the N200million worth market was in fulfilment of his administration’s electoral promises to provide adequate security and guarantee the welfare and general well-being of the citizenry.
He noted that the rebuilding of the market would contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and commercial activities of the State, particularly at a time the State was working assiduously to recover its economy from the adverse effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The speech read in part; “I am therefore happy that, today, we are able to fulfil our electoral promise, as well as our role as government to provide security and welfare for the people by kick-starting the first phase of the re construction of the market which is worth about N200 Million. This will bring relief to our poor and vulnerable market men and women in Atakumosa market when completed. – Joven Commends
“I must commend the State Community and Social Development Agency for its support as well, which has brought succour to the victims today. Our government has been up and doing in its mandate to increase access of the poor people to socio-economic and natural resources infrastructure in the State and in a sustainable manner. The impacts of our activities are being felt in all the nooks and crannies of the State.
“I would also like to give kudos to the members of benefitting groups for approaching CSDP, one of the viable and proactive agencies of State.
“Although I have no cause to doubt the capacity of the members of the constituted Group Project Management Committee (GPMC) for each group to implement and manage projects of this nature sustainably, I must not fail to advise you to always cooperate with other stakeholders from the assisting Agency, MDAs and Local Government Authorities and be receptive to ideas and technical guidance they will be offering you from time to time for optimum performance.
“I charge you to implement the project in accordance with the plan, drawings, designs, layout and quality requirements that you will be provided with
“We have a limited time frame of two months to complete the implementation of the first phase of this project. This is doable with the right mindset, total commitment and dedication. We shall ensure the enforcement of this timeline so that the beneficiaries can promptly come back to business.
“As a Government, we will continue to give the necessary support to the operations of Osun Agency for Community and Social Development specifically in the area of prompt of release of annual Government Contributions
“As our contribution to the ongoing initiative, our government shall in addition to this CSDP assisted initiative, build another 250 stalls, which will be delivered before the end of this year.
In her speech, the General Manager of Osun State Community and Social Development Project, Mrs Funmi Abokede lauded the contributions of some stakeholders for supporting the project to this level.
Abokede gave kudos to the Osun State Government, Local Government administrators, World Bank and Federal Government of Nigeria for believing in the Osun CSDP on the reconstruction of Atakumosa market, promising to take the state to an enviable position with the support of the State government led by Governor Oyetola.
According to her, “It is our believe that with full cooperation and support of His Excellency as ever, Local Government Administrators and other stakeholders in the State, World Bank and Federal Project Support Unit, there is no doubt in our mind that Osun Agency For Community and Social Development will take the State to an enviable position in terms of Community Development in the State of Osun,
“Today the State is once again benefiting from the collaboration with the World Bank; this is a unique opportunity to strengthen the livelihood of poor market men and women. We are here today to witness the presentation of cheques of about N100m to fund the construction of market stalls, Public toilets and water boreholes for ten vulnerable groups,
“Let me take this opportunity to appreciate our Task Team Leader at the
“World Bank, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa for the enabling environment and support given to us to make this day a reality,” she said.
presentation of checks to ten different groups for easy accessibility and identification was also part of the programme, while government stakeholders from both the state and local government levels were in attendance.
It could be recalled that, the Atakumosa market was gutted by fire five years ago by the unknown source which damaged properties worth millions of Naira.