The Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has been called upon to ensure the reconstruction of the recently razed Akesan market in Oyo town to restore the livelihood of the affected traders, the socio-economic engagement and security of the ancient city.
The request, together with three others are contained in a letter on Tuesday, signed by Mr. Rahaman Olorunpoto and Mr. Hassan Adebayo; Chairman and General-Secretary of the Oyo Global Forum, OGF which was delivered to Governor Makinde in Ibadan.
“We indeed, in our earlier letter, noted that the poor state of the Fire Service in Oyo caused the scale of destruction our people experienced. You then visited Oyo and made promises to rebuild the market and even supported the victims. While we have seen the building plan, there has been no on-the-ground work for the reconstruction of the Market.
“People now only make do with makeshift stalls, which are becoming useless as the wet season starts. Trading, as well as, living, has thus become a torrid exercise for people, thereby worsening the town’s socio-economic and insecurity problems. We, therefore, pray Your Excellency to commit with actionable steps towards the commencement of the reconstruction,” OGF stated.
The community-interest organisation of Oyo professionals at home and in the diasporas rejoiced with Makinde on his recent recovery from Covid-19 and commended him for the unprecedented leadership and management of the pandemic so far in the state.
The OGF however urged the state governor to establish a Covid-19 Isolation Centre in Oyo Zone as part of urgent measures towards curtailing the likely outbreak, spread and the management of the pandemic in the zone.
“Despite the well recorded historical and contemporary importance of Oyo, it has mostly been excluded in the distribution of critical resources, opportunities and infrastructural facilities among the zones in Oyo State.
“We do not want this to continue and this is the sub-structural basis of our concern regarding the COVID-19 isolation centres. Arising from the foregoing, therefore, we humbly request that an Isolation centre be established in Oyo,” OGF prayed.
In the same vein, the group charged the state governor in ensuring the completion of the abandoned Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital annexe in Oyo as well as the Atiba FM, Ilora sub-station and the incomplete Oyo Township Road project.
“Children across the state now have access to lessons by radio service as they stay home due to Covid-19 pandemic. Our own children in Oyo are not able to enjoy this service. They are disadvantaged,” the letter stated.
On the spate of insecurity in the town, the OGF called for a centralised location for Operation Burst Security outfit to end criminal activities of gangs who have formed bases to unleash violence in the community, saying the move would protect the people to live and work in peace.
“Gangs’ bases with young people bizarrely smoking Indian hemp dot various places in Oyo. Frequently, they engage in violent clashes, effectively preventing trading and making life difficult for the people,” the group lamented.
Membership of the group is drawn from Atiba, Afijio, Oyo East and Oyo West local government areas that constitute the Oyo Federal Constituency.