By Idris Olukoya
The Federal Government has earmarked some funds in the 2022 budget that will be used to upgrade the Epe Fish Market in Lagos state.
This was disclosed on Sunday, by a member of the House of Representatives, Mr Wale Raji in an interview with newsmen.
Raji, representing Epe Federal Constituency, stated that millions of naira have been earmarked in the 2022 budget for the upgrade of the fish market and another project under the constituency project.
The lawmaker listed the projects to include an upgrade of the Epe fish market and the construction of stalls at Ilara, Ketu and Aiyetoro markets in the Epe Division.
He said the project was designed to give the Epe market facelift to meet international standards, boost revenue base and encourage commercial activities in the area.
“The Itoikin market scheme has begun, the highlighted projects are basic necessity needs of the people in the area.
“Residents have been clamouring for the facelifting of the heritage Epe fish market to international standard.
“Also, Ilara community require market stores, which will be equally provided as well as the provision of market stores at Itoikin and Ketu neighbourhood.
“These are communities under Epe constituency and the projects are provided for them to benefit from the dividend of democracy and good governance,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said that the federal government will graciously allocate stalls to market women and traders for free, adding that the occupants would only pay tickets to the local council to boost its revenue base.
“The idea is to ease difficulties being experienced by market women and traders in paying for the rent.”