Oloitiptip Market

Oloitiptip Market; Hope for Kilifi Economy

Hope beckons the economy of Kilifi town as it is expected to drastically rise due to the refurbishment of the once dilapidated and congested Oloitiptip market in Kilifi.

For a long time, traders of market used to operate in a congested, dirty and less accessible market which was a major setback to the economic growth of individual traders at the market. The traders also faced other challenges such as poor drainage system, lack of a proper waste disposal system and poor disaster mitigation measures.

“The market conditions of the old market were unfavorable for trading activities to thrive. The congestion and poor hygienic conditions of the market scared away customers” says Mataza Kilumo the Chairperson of Oloitiptip Market Committee.

The Municipality of Kilifi refurbished the market with funding from the World Bank under the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP). Construction and maintenance of urban infrastructure is one of the core functions of the Municipality of Kilifi as envisioned in the Municipality Charter. The project also consists of a service lane that will serve as an entry for heavy truck vehicles bringing fresh produce from the farm and suppliers.

The traders who used to operate at the market have expressed their joy since its refurbishment. The completion of the market and the service lane will improve the individual standards of living of the traders due to increased sales at the market.

“Business will go on as usual come rain come sunshine. We are hoping to receive more customers due to the improved security, hygiene, accessibility and expansion of the market. We are thankful to the Municipality of Kilifi and Kilifi county administration under the leadership of H.E Governor Amason Jeffa Kingi for rehabilitating the market which has been in a sad state for many years.” says Kilumo.

“The market conditions of the old market were unfavorable for trading activities to thrive. The congestion and poor hygienic conditions of the market scared away customers” says Mataza Kilumo the Chairperson of Oloitiptip Market Committee.

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