The Oyo State Government through the Office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has commissioned 15 motorised boreholes in some major markets in the state.
According to the State Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr. Abimbola Adekanmbi, the project was completed through the Conditional Grants Scheme, noting that the project is in line with achieving Goals 3 and 6 of the SDG which is Good Health and Clean Water Sanitation.
Adekanmbi, who is the also the chairman of the Conditional Grants Scheme, said the boreholes tagged “Ajumose Water Points” had been provided with a standby generator, stating that Bola Ige International Gbagi Market, Ibadan, Bembo Market, Apata, Ibadan, Eleeka Market, Oyo, Bodija Market, Ibadan Saasa Market, Ibadan and Towobowo Market, Igboora, the largest market in Ibarapa zone of the state, are some of the beneficiaries of the project.
He pointed out that two of the boreholes are located at Sabo Market, Ibadan, while Omi Adio Market, Apata, Ibadan, Obanisunwa Market, Ayete, Aaraada Market, Ogbomoso, Odo- Oba Market, Odo-Oba, Ogo- Oluwa, Oja Agbe Market, Iseyin, Olorunda Market, Iganna and Owode Market, Igboho have one each.
Speaking at the inauguration, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, said the market men and women were integral parts of the government, promising that the government will provide more infrastructures for the people of the state.
He said the informal sector is key to the increased IGR of the state, stating that more is expected from the market men and women to ensure that the government provides more facilities for the people.