The Executive Chairman of Ojodu LCDA, Hon. David Olusegun Odunmbaku has tasked the management of Abibatu Mogaji Multipurpose market to be innovative in generating income and alleviating the stress of shoppers, market men and women.
The Chairman made this appeal at a meeting held with the market leaders and some aggrieved shop owners and shoppers.
The bone of contention of the meeting was to address the issues of revenue generation, exorbitant service charges, high electricity bills, inaccessible elevator, parking space etc.
One of the stall owners, Mrs Lawal Biola appealed that their teeming plights be looked into in order to make their presence at the market worthwhile and profitable.
“We are using this medium to appeal that paying N280,000 and above for service charge and electricity bill is inimical to our business, car park rate should be reduced and lifts should be functional in order to draw customers to our stalls” Lawal retorted.
Nevertheless, the Council Mayor expressed his displeasure concerning the state of the market; noting that rather than the present Zero per cent income, the market Complex is expected to be a better source of income for the Council.
Therefore, Odunmbaku charged that all efforts must be made in order to make the complex conducive for all by extending the closing hours to about 8pm or 9pm, in order to maximize the potential of the market; reducing service charges and rate for parking space; creating more innovative and friendly ways of generating income into the coffers of the Council; providing a solar-powered alternative source of power generation; as he promised to inaugurate and chair a committee that would put lasting solutions to the teaming challenges being experienced at the moment.
In his comment, the representative of Eliezer Ltd (Developer), Mr Kehinde Fajana reeled out all efforts that have been put in place to tackle the conspicuous challenges in the market, with the promise to improve on the service delivery and ensure all issues are resolved as soon as possible.
Also present at the meeting were the Council-Manager, Engr. Dele Abayomi, Iyaloja General of Ojodu LCDA Alhaja Folashade Salako, Iyaloja of Multipurpose market Alhaja Ganiat Kasumu, Ojodu LCDA Legal Office Barr. Afolabi Kalejaiye, Market women & men representatives, and stall owners.