The Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has approved the construction of the second phase of the razed Akesan Market in Oyo town.
Governor Makinde gave the approval on Thursday, shortly after he inspected the already completed first phase of the market.
It would be recalled that the ancient Akesan market which is over 400 years old was engulfed in a fire accident that led to the loss of goods and valuables worth millions of naira on January 5, 2020.
The governor commended the contractor handling the project for doing a good job, adding that he was satisfied with the quality of work done at the market, and assured residents that the project will be fully commissioned in the next three or four months.
In his welcome address, the Caretaker Chairman, Oyo East Local Government Area, Prince Arowasaye Adeyemi, explained that the newly constructed first phase of the Akesan Market has 556 lock-up shops, an Administrative Block, a good road network, among others.
Meanwhile, the governor also inspected the ongoing rehabilitation of the 5.2 kilometres Gedu-Oroki-Sabo-Asipa road in Oyo town and expressed satisfaction with the pace of work but noted that more engineering work needs to be done on the road.