The Ogun State government has assured traders whose shops were demolished in the course of the on-going road construction across the State that modern shopping malls will be built for them.
The assurance was given by the governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun during a meeting with representatives of traders and house owners in Abeokuta whose buildings and premises were affected by the demolition done to give way to the infrastructural drive of the present government.
He said the malls that would be constructed by the government will be first allocated to those whose shops were demolished before being offered to other prospective allotees.
According to the governor, “We are going to build modern shopping malls with full complements of modern facilities that will befit the Ogun State of our dream. I want to assure the traders that all the shopping malls will be ready before the Ileya and Christmas festivals of this year by God’s grace”, Amosun promised.
He equally promised that compensation would be paid to the affected traders, declaring that all payments will be paid in due course.
Governor Amosun also assured that those that will be allocated the shops will be allowed to occupy them free of charge for the first six months, saying, “we will give you six months free usage in the first instance and later, we will negotiate with you on how you are going to start paying”.
While soliciting the cooperation of all, he asked for patience and understanding in the quest by his administration to fulfill its promises to the people of the State and deliver its five cardinal programmes across the three Senatorial District in the State.
While responding to a question, Governor Amosun explained that private developers are welcome in building new shops, but they must get government’s approval and ensure that the buildings are in accordance with the government specifications.
At the May Day parade in Abeokuta today, Amosun disclosed that workers in the state public service receive their monthly salaries before government gets federal allocation from Abuja.
He also disclosed that his government releases N1bn monthly to clear backlog of pensions and gratuities.
“we have paid all the backlogs of leave bonus, while we now pay before the commencement of annual leave of a public
servant. We have also made sure that our workers are paid promptly, sometimes, even before receiving the federal allocation.
“We equally remit all deductions like co-operative and various union dues on time to the appropriate quarters. Being a caring and conscientious employer, we are concerned about the condition of our retired workers. Thus, we have been releasing the sum of one billion naira monthly to clear backlog of pensions and gratuities as we have also put in place necessary machinery to ensure that the government does not accumulate arrears of pensions and gratuities”, he said.
The governor was represented at the rally by Prince Segun Adesegun, the deputy governor.