The Ogun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Jide Ojuko, on Tuesday inaugurated 10 lock-up shops built by Ijebu East Central LCDA at Ijebu Mushin Market.
The lock-up shops are part of projects initiated by the LCDA Chairman, Barrister Bayo Oshikomaiya, as part of efforts to boost socio-economic development in the the local government.
Oshikomaiya, in his welcome address, disclosed that the building of the shops took a few months and was specifically located at Mushin because of the importance of the market not just to the people of the local government, but the whole of Yorubaland.
“It is our pride that this market is patronised by traders from Lagos, Oyo, Edo, Ondo and Ogun states to mention a few. We are very proud of this heritage called Mushin Market. This market provides the highest level of revenue to our local government, which is a reason we had to return the favour by building these lock-up shops,” he said.
The Iyaloja of Mushin Market, Mrs Janet Abiodun, was full of praises for Oshikomaiya and the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, thanking both men for the efforts to make life easier for her members.
“The road linking Ikija with Ijebu Mushin is another good one done by our amiable governor, Ibikunle Amosun. We thank both of you for these projects, and I pray that God will continue to bless and keep you,” she said.
Ojuko, on his part, said, “This is my first visit to this Local Council Development Area since its inception. On this note, I want to appreciate our indefatigable Governor, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, for his dream and foresightedness for the creation of the Local Council Development Areas towards ensuring development at every nooks and crannies of the state.
” Permit me to quickly go into history, (as) efforts by our Progressive leaders and former Governors, late Chief Olabisi Onabanjo and Aremo Olusegun Osoba, to create LCDAs were not successful due to change in government. The LCDAs have now come to stay against all odds. The good people of the state at the local level are now enjoying the dividends of democracy, as different developmental projects such as schools, boreholes, bridges and grading of roads are being carried out at different communities.
“Today, again, we are witnessing another landmark achievement in the creation of the LCDA, which is the commissioning of lock-up shops. It is no doubt that the shops will improve the Internally Generated Revenue of the LCDA as well as serve as catalyst to economic growth of our people and the community.”